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Nets sign Marist big man Patrick Gardner to training camp contract

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Patrick Yousef Gardner, a 6’11” stretch-5 who played for Miami in the Summer League and will play for Egypt in the FIBA World Cup, has been signed to an Exhibit 10 training camp contract by the Nets.

Mike Scotto of Hoopshype was first with the news...

The 24-year-old Long Island native played for Marist College in Poughkeepsie last season after previous stops at Nassau Community College and St. Michael College in Vermont. In his sole year at Marist, Gardner averaged 19.1 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists with shooting splits of 56/38/84. He started at the 5 with the Heat in two summer leagues and shot 6-of-12 from deep, averaging 5.7 points and 3.3 boards in 10 minutes per game.

He played his best ball in the MAAC Tournament where he led Marist to the Finals for the first time in school history.

Gardner is regarded as an intelligent player with good range and mechanics on his three as well as some ball-handling and passing skills. He has said his defense and lower body strengths are two areas where he needs improvement. Here’s another short clip of his season highlights ...

Gardner, whose mother is Egyptian, will play for Egypt in the FIBA World Cup in Southeast Asia. The national team will open World Cup play vs. Lithuania on August 25 in Manila. Prior to that, Egypt will play exhibition games starting this weekend. It’s not known if Gardner is with the team yet. The Nets will now have three players in the World Cup. Mikal Bridges and Cam Johnson will play for Team USA, also in Manila.

The Nets worked out Gardner at HSS Training Center before the NBA Draft. Within hours after he went undrafted on June 22, Gardner agreed to sign a Summer League deal with Miami.

Gardner will participate in training camp, likely be waived and assigned to Long Island who plays at Nassau Coliseum, not far from where he grew up in Merrick.

Nets now have 13 standard guaranteed NBA contracts and one non-guaranteed, two two-ways and now an Exhibit 10. That’s 17. The most a team can bring to camp is 21, all told.