One player that continues to have impressive performance after impressive performance is 2023 6’2 Dallas Gardner.  Gardner was a key piece at Myers Park this past season as a sophomore, averaging 12.4 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists, and 2.6 steals per game and he has only continued to progress with his game this summer playing with Team HOPE. 

We first saw Gardner at the Myers Park open gym, where our own Patrick O’Brien had this to say:

“Gardner is a guard that can be effective on the court, especially in the halfcourt.  But he gives this program another ball-handling type guard but also shows that he can score in multiple ways.  Gardner also brings a little more athleticism at the guard position as well.”

He only exceeded those expectations and has now been a standout and leader on the court, whether it was at the Phenom 150 camp or this summer with Team Hope.  Here is what was said about Gardner then.

“He’s a long, athletic, heady guard prospect with great physical attributes and the ability to make his presence felt in transition or the half-court set. Gardner applies nonstop pressure in the open floor, utilizing his combination of speed, vision, and finishing ability to overwhelm the opposition. He’s a reliable midrange shooter and capable of hitting shots from beyond the arc but prefers to attack the basket whenever possible. Gardner is also a sharp defender, quality rebounder for his position, and able to create or find opportunities as an off-guard.” – Phenom 150 Evaluation

“At this point, it should be no surprise to see Gardner as a standout for this Team Hope Laney squad. He possesses an excellent frame and the necessary leadership to establish the tone on both ends of the floor. Gardner is great in the open floor, both with and without the ball, and has a keen sense for penetrating and finishing strong. He forces turnovers and gets to the line at a strong rate—where he’s proven capable of converting at a high percentage.” – Phenom Queen City Showcase

Gardner is quickly becoming a hot name around the Charlotte area with his play and schools are starting to express interest his way.  Schools like Virginia, Queens, College of Charleston, and Liberty have come his way and more could be coming with his style of play, his scoring ability, and his competitive nature.

Now heading to Charlotte Country Day next season, Gardner should only continue to have the opportunities to impress with his game and is quickly becoming a name to watch in the loaded 2023 class.  But make sure to check him out this summer, as this is just the start for this young man.