“I’m way more comfortable,” Gardner said. “Last year was my first year starting, and it was rough, a lot of ups and downs, a lot of adversity. A lot of adversity I fought through, and I feel like I did a really good job of never giving up, never giving up on myself and my teammates. I feel my teammates recognized that, and my coaches recognized that, and I feel like that will help me.”
"He's realized that one of the ways he can really help us is being a high-energy player," said Beilein. "That's his way for us to be successful and that's the way, actually, for him to be successful if he wants to play professionally at some level.