May 14, 1925|
August 26, 1987 (aged 62)|
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|High school||Star Valley (Afton, Wyoming)|
|NBA draft||1949 / Round: 1 / Pick: 5th overall|
|Selected by the Philadelphia Warriors|
|Position||Power forward / Center|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NBA statistics|
|Points||1,339 (8.9 ppg)|
|Rebounds||349 (4.0 rpg)|
|Assists||245 (1.6 apg)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
Vern B. Gardner (May 14, 1925 – August 26, 1987) was an American basketball player. He was a two-time consensus All-American at the University of Utah and played three seasons with the Philadelphia Warriors.
Vern Gardner was a 6'5 forward/center who played at Star Valley High School in Afton, Wyoming and played collegiately at the University of Utah, where he was a second team consensus All-American in 1947 and 1949. Gardner led the Utes to the NIT championship in 1947, at a time where this tournament was considered as prestigious as the NCAA Tournament is today. Gardner was named tournament MVP. His number 33 was retired by the University of Utah.
After the completion of his college career, Gardner was selected in the first round of the 1949 BAA Draft by the Philadelphia Warriors. Gardner played three seasons for the Warriors, averaging 8.9 points per game over his career.
Following his retirement from the BAA, Gardner became a high school coach and teacher, first at his alma mater Star Valley High, then at Bonneville High School in Ogden, Utah. Gardner died of a stroke on August 26, 1987.
- 2006-07 Utah Utes men's basketball media guide
- Vern Gardner player page
- Brad Rock (August 27, 1987). "Vern Gardner dies, former Utah basketball standout". The Deseret News. Retrieved August 28, 2010.
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