Jelani Gardner

Basketball – Coach

Coach Jelani Gardner grew up in Southern California and played his high school basketball at Bishop Amat and later at Don Bosco High School. He was named the McDonlads all American player of the year in 1994 and the number one rated college player in California.

He played his College career at Pepperdine and Cal State. He was then drafted to play overseas in the European leagues and played professionally for over 12 years.

He then returned to the United States and back to the area he was born and raised and began coaching for both high school and college teams where he continues to pass on his high degree of basketball knowledge and his dedication to the sport. He started the JAG youth basketball organization 5 years ago to help kids ages 5-18 develop their basketball skill and knowledge and offers a chance to play in tournaments and high level competition.

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Our Staff

Jelani Gardner

Head Coach

Aude Gardner

Administration

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What our parents say

How did JAG Basketball help your child develop character?

My daughter Skylar joined JAG in middle school after hearing about the program from her male classmates. She was the original “JAG girl” – at the time she joined the program the only kids participating were boys. Coach Jelani was as tough on Skylar as he was the male players, which helped thicken her skin to prepare her for the rigors of high school basketball. The experience also helped her develop strength and confidence, as the expectations for her were no less than the expectations for the boys, and she had to learn to hold her own, both physically and mentally. She is a better, more determined young woman because of her experience with JAG.



2017-09-05T11:34:00+00:00
My daughter Skylar joined JAG in middle school after hearing about the program from her male classmates. She was the original “JAG girl” – at the time she joined the program the only kids participating were boys. Coach Jelani was as tough on Skylar as he was the male players, which helped thicken her skin to prepare her for the rigors of high school basketball. The experience also helped her develop strength and confidence, as the expectations for her were no less than the expectations for the boys, and she had to learn to hold her own, both physically and mentally. She is a better, more determined young woman because of her experience with JAG.

How did JAG Basketball help your child develop as a basketball player?

Footwork and ball handling did not come naturally to Skylar. She was very lucky to train under Coach Jelani to develop and hone her skills. She played starting point guard her freshman and sophomore years at La Salle High School, and now plays shooting guard. Without Coach Jelani’s guidance and instruction, I don’t believe Skylar’s ball handling abilities would be even close to what they are today. He provided her with both the skills and confidence to succeed at her position.

2017-09-05T11:35:50+00:00

Skylar

Footwork and ball handling did not come naturally to Skylar. She was very lucky to train under Coach Jelani to develop and hone her skills. She played starting point guard her freshman and sophomore years at La Salle High School, and now plays shooting guard. Without Coach Jelani’s guidance and instruction, I don’t believe Skylar’s ball handling abilities would be even close to what they are today. He provided her with both the skills and confidence to succeed at her position.

What do you appreciate about coach Gardner?

Skylar and I both greatly appreciate Coach Gardner because he really invests in those who want to learn. He takes the time to teach players the right way to play basketball, and also serves as a positive role model in their lives. His basketball IQ is off the charts, and he is extremely motivating. He treats his players like family. Great basketball player, great coach, great human.


2017-09-05T11:36:28+00:00
Skylar and I both greatly appreciate Coach Gardner because he really invests in those who want to learn. He takes the time to teach players the right way to play basketball, and also serves as a positive role model in their lives. His basketball IQ is off the charts, and he is extremely motivating. He treats his players like family. Great basketball player, great coach, great human.

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JAG Basketball is devoted to the development of youth basketball players both physically and mentally. Helping young student athletes develop a strong work ethic, peak physical condition, and proper technique.

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2387 Buena Vista St

Irvindale, CA 91010

Hours:
Mon Closed
Tue 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wed Closed
Thu 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Fri Closed
Sat 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Sun 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm