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Kiwi Gardner

Kiwi Gardner

American basketball player
Kiwi Gardner
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro American basketball player
Is Athlete Basketball player
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 7 April 1993, Manteca, San Joaquin County, California, USA
Age: 27 years
Star sign AriesAries
Stats
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 155 lbs
Education
Manteca High School
Sports Teams
Santa Cruz Warriors
The details

Biography

Keyondrei Samuel "Kiwi" Gardner (born April 7, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Santa Cruz Warriors of the NBA G League. He became an Internet sensation via YouTube in 2011. Gardner played one season of college basketball for Midland College before beginning his professional career in 2013.

High school career

Gardner was raised in the Maxwell Park neighborhood in Oakland, California and began playing basketball at the age of four. From 2007 to 2010, Garner attended Manteca High School in Manteca, California. As a sophomore in 2008–09, he averaged 19.8 points, 6.0 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game as he helped the Buffaloes finish with a 24-4 record. As a junior in 2009–10, he averaged 24 points, 3.8 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 steals as he helped the Buffaloes finish a 23-6 record.

In 2010, Gardner transferred to Westwind Preparatory Academy in Phoenix, Arizona. He did not meet the eligibility requirements of the Arizona Interscholastic Association because of transferring in his senior year, so he did not play on WPA's State Championship High School team that year. Instead, he played on WPA's prep team. Gardner was chosen to participate in the NCAA's High School Slam Dunk contest during the Final Four Tournament, where the crowd watched the same showmanship that has led to hundreds of thousands of hits on his YouTube highlight videos. He averaged 23.7 points, seven assists, four steals and four rebounds per game during the 2010–11 season, leading Westwind to a 30–2 record and a state title.

College career

Gardner committed to Providence College, but he never gained eligibility to play. He subsequently sat out the 2011–12 season and transferred to Midland College, where he played nine games during the 2012–13 season. Following the season, he declared for the NBA draft.

Professional career

After going undrafted in the 2013 NBA draft, Garner spent the 2013–14 season in the NBA Development League with the Santa Cruz Warriors. After a stint with the Golden State Warriors during the 2014 NBA Summer League, Gardner returned to Santa Cruz for the 2014–15 season and helped the Warriors win the D-League championship.

In 2015, Gardner played in Mexico for Pioneros de Los Mochis. For the 2015–16 season, he played in Saudi Arabia with Al-Ansar. He scored 74 points in a game outside Mecca.

After a preseason stint with the Windy City Bulls in November 2016, Gardner joined the Westports Malaysia Dragons of the ASEAN Basketball League in February 2017. After one season, Gardner played in lower professional and semi-professional leagues in China, Japan, and Hong Kong.

On February 7, 2020, Gardner was acquired by the Santa Cruz Warriors, returning to the franchise for a second stint. He scored nine points in his first game back for Santa Cruz, in a 114-105 loss to the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 04 Jul 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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https://www.californiabirthindex.org/birth/keyondrei_samuel_gardner_born_1993_22154147
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4elcIgXgCk
https://www.npr.org/2013/12/31/258548337/kiwi-gardners-hoop-dreams-alive-and-well
https://www.santacruzsentinel.com/2020/03/10/kiwi-gardner-keeps-stoking-his-internal-fire-g-league-basketball/
http://www.friars.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/051311aaa.html
http://www.mantecabulletin.com/archives/21867/
http://www.sfgate.com/warriors/article/Oakland-s-Gardner-makes-D-League-tryout-circuit-4910347.php
http://stats.njcaa.org/sports/mbkb/2012-13/div1/players/kiwigardnerdpix
https://web.archive.org/web/20131204005920/http://www.nba.com/2013/news/06/18/2013-draft-withdrawals/
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