Davante Gardner is not one to waste his time on the hardwood.
Despite ranking fifth on the Marquette Golden Eagles roster this past season in minutes played per outing (21.5), the 6’8”, 290-pound junior was among the team leaders in scoring (11.5 pg, second), rebounds (4.8 rpg, third), free throw percentage (.835, first) and field goal percentage (.585, third), in addition to putting forth a pair of double-doubles, the only MU player to do so over the course of the 2012-13 campaign.
As a result of such heavy lifting, the efficient Gardner, who turned 22 on Monday, was named the Big East’s Sixth Man of the Year, as well as garnering All-Big East honorable mention accolades; a member of the NCAA All-East Region Team, as the Suffolk, Va. native chipped in 11.3 points and 4.5 rebounds during the Golden Eagles’ four NCAA tournament outings; and, in late June, took part in Team USA’s training camp for the 2013 World University Games.
In other words, Gardner has positioned himself to be one of the headline acts when Marquette kicks off its maiden season in the new Big East this fall.
However, before the calendar flips to November and the 97th season of Marquette University basketball officially commences, let’s take a peek at the some of the key figures in the career-to-date for the bruising forward:
80.0: Winning percentage (24-6) for Marquette in games over the past three seasons when Gardner attempts at least five free throws.
13: Games over the past two seasons in which Gardner has net at least 15 points. In all but one instance (an overtime loss at Cincinnati on Jan. 19, 2013 in which he shot 1-of-8 from the field), the senior forward has connected on at least 50 percent of his field goal attempts, with an average showing of 59.9 percent in such games.
190: Points Gardner is away from becoming the 45th player in MU basketball history to eclipse the 1,000-career point plateau.
10.9: Per game scoring average for Gardner over the past two seasons against conference affiliates. In turn, during the Golden Eagles’ non-conference slate during the same time frame, Gardner averaged 10.2 points.
20: Blocks accumulated by Gardner during his junior campaign a year ago, which is two times as many as he amassed during his first two seasons in the Brew City.
2: Number of games this past season in which Gardner accounted for at least five steals. Over the past two seasons, only Jae Crowder, currently employed by the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, has had at least five steals in more than one outing in the same season.