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East Carolina star Jayden Gardner transfer to Virginia

Jan 27, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; East Carolina Pirates forward Jayden Gardner (1) grabs the rebound against UCF Knights forward C.J. Walker (21) at Addition Financial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports
Jan 27, 2021; Orlando, Florida, USA; East Carolina Pirates forward Jayden Gardner (1) grabs the rebound against UCF Knights forward C.J. Walker (21) at Addition Financial Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mike Watters-USA TODAY Sports

East Carolina standout forward Jayden Gardner announced Monday that he is transferring to Virginia.

Gardner was a first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection this season when he averaged 18.3 points and 8.3 rebounds in 19 games (18 starts).

“This has been a hard decision for me, but I just want to thank God and my family for helping me to come to a decision,” Gardner said on Twitter. “It has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid to play in the ACC and compete against the best of the best.

“With that being said, I will be committing to the University of Virginia.”

Gardner averaged 18.0 points and 8.7 rebounds in 81 games (79 starts) at East Carolina.

–Field Level Media