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NC State is a finalist for ECU transfer Jayden Gardner

COLLEGE BASKETBALL: FEB 23 Temple at East Carolina Photo by Greg Thompson/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

East Carolina transfer forward Jayden Gardner is down to five finalists: NC State, Virginia, LSU, Miami, and Arkansas. So, uh, decent chance he’s playing somewhere in the ACC next season. Might as well be NC State, if you ask me.

Let’s get a vibe check from ECU fans on this development.

Can’t say that I blame the sentiment, but it is an amusing added layer to this particular transfer saga.

Gardner should be an immediate impact player in the frontcourt wherever he ends up; he averaged 18 points and 18 boards for the Pirates this season, which was his junior year. (Or Sophomore Year II? Invisi-Junior Year? They need to figure out some terminology for all this free eligibility.)