Memphis Tigers basketball head coach Josh Pastner has decided on who he wants to fill the vacant assistant coach position, and ESPN’s Andy Katz reports that he has selected former Arizona Wildcats star point guard Jason Gardner. The fact that he has playing experience and had his number retired by Arizona should not only give him invaluable knowledge, but it’s another good selling point for Memphis in landing more top recruits.
Pastner texted, “I am recommending Jason Gardner for my spot,” and the move will almost certainly be accepted by the Board of Regents, thus making Gardner’s addition as Memphis basketball’s new assistant coach official.
Gardner and Pastner should have an incredible rapport at Memphis, because both of them played together at Arizona, which claims Garnder as its leader in games, minutes, wins, and three-pointers. Gardner averaged 15 points and five assists per game as a senior with Arizona en route to being a second-team All-American selection in 2013.
Pastner is stock up on his connections from Arizona on the coaching staff, and Gardner leaves his post as assistant coach for the Loyola Ramblers, which he held for two seasons. This looks to be a solid hire for Pastner, and it will be interesting to see how much Gardner impacts recruiting for Memphis, which landed six prospects in the 2013 recruiting class and all six were rated at least four-stars by Scout.com.