boom.jpg Former Missouri Tiger Thomas Gardner signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks after performing well in one of their mini-camps and summer leagues.

Gardner played three seasons with the Tigers and was named to the all Big 12 third team in 2006 after averaging 19.7 points per game his junior year. After college, Gardner played professional basketball in Belgium, leading his team to the Belgian Cup semifinals, before debuting with the Chicago Bulls in 2007. He played four games with the Bulls, but was released to make way for others.

As a 6’5" guard, Gardner averaged a team high 16.3 points per game at the Rocky Mountain Revue, a feat that was noticed by the Hawks,

"Thomas is a solid shooter with range who has the ability to score in bunches," Atlanta General Manager Rick Sund says, "(he) played well in our mini-camp and summer league."

The terms of Gardner’s agreement were not disclosed.