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Posted On: 07/25/18 7:00 PM
Coming into the July period Myron Gardner was putting together a list of mid-major offers but the high major D1 schools weren’t quite in contact in the same way. That has changed for Gardner who has quickly become a hot name in the July recruiting period with his effort and consistency.
“Myron is one our top players,” said Coach Mike Faletti of The Family. “He is a combo forward for us. He does a really good job of overpowering defenders with his strength. He finishes well through contact. Does a good job of rebounding the ball and pushing it in transition. He has sneaky athleticism and has a quick first jump. Also capable of hitting the open three for us.”
In EYBL play Myron has averaged 12.1 points per game shooting over 50 percent from the field on about nine shots a game. The 6-foot-6, 185 pound Gardner from Detroit Loyola is the leading rebounder for The Family grabbing 7.8 a contest in 19 games vs EYBL teams. Myron is also shooting 76 percent from the foul line plus knocking down 39 percent of the two threes he takes each contest.
One of the most important games Gardner played this summer was against Team Final in Augusta, Georgia when Gardner chased down a double-double of 20 points and 10 rebounds. Coaches that watched Myron and have offered at the mid-major level – Central Michigan, Detroit, Buffalo, FAU, and others had to know what was coming. A 24 point, 15 rebound game followed against CIA Bounce and then 22 points/11 rebounds against the Las Vegas Prospects.
It was consistent big numbers against big name teams with some big name players, and Gardner was besting them all. A breakthrough came when on July 15th the Georgetown Hoyas – led by Hall of Famer Patrick Ewing – offered Myron a scholarship. About a half a week later after Coach Rob Jeter watched several games, Minnesota extended an offer as well.
“Myron is hearing the most from Loyola-Chicago, Georgetown, Minnesota and Kansas State,” Coach Faletti said. “Rob Jeter is the main recruiter for Myron from Minnesota. I know (Myron) is very interested in them, but hasn’t said much about them outside of that.”
Gardner hasn’t planned anything as far as visits go for after the open period but right now the priority seems to be those four schools: Georgetown, Kansas State, Loyola-Chicago, and Minnesota.
“Nothing has been scheduled yet, but I know he wants to visit the above four places,” Coach Faletti explained. “The only school on there he has visited already is Loyola-Chicago when he visited in April.”