LeRoy Gardner Jr. biography

LeRoy Gardner Jr.

Basketball Player

1947 –


Who is LeRoy Gardner Jr.?

LeRoy Gardner was a collegiate basketball player and college professor. At 6'4", he played guard for the University of Minnesota from 1966 to 1969.

Gardner, As young man, was a playground basketball legend. As the community lore goes that as a 14 year old, he Ralph Mitchell and Tommy Miller beat University of Minnesota basketball players Lou Hudson, Don Yates and Archie Clark in a pickup game at St. Paul’s Oxford Park. Gardner went on to play for St. Paul Central High School from 1962 to 1965 and helped take the team to its first state tournament berth in years. He scored 41 points in a region semifinal and 33 points in a consolation title game. He was recruited by legendary coach John Kundla and was the first African American man born and raised in Minnesota to receive a full basketball scholarship at the University of Minnesota. Gardner earned undergraduate and master's degrees in psychology at the University of Minnesota. After his playing career was over, he remained at Minnesota and was an academic adviser in the athletic department when he was caught up in the scandal involving NCAA rules violations in the late 1980s.

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May 11, 1947
Saint Paul
Also known as
  • LeRoy Gardner
  • United States of America
  • University of Minnesota
Dec 31, 1969

on July 23, 2013


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