Throwback Thursday: ON CAMPUS is a continuing feature taking a look back at the kicks of a generation ago on the feet of some of college hoops’ top players at some of college hoops’ most powerful programs. Previously we’ve shown you shoes like the Converse Voltage, the Nike Shox BB4 and the Converse Star Tech. We’ve also focused on programs like the “Lethal Weapon 3” era at Georgia Tech,  Stacey Augmon/Larry Johnson era at UNLV, and the University of Michigan in the mid to late 80’s. In this installment we take a look at Jason Gardner’s tenure at Arizona, 1999-2003.

For more than a decade, the Arizona Wildcats hoop squad has been known not only for a fast paced, uptempo game, but also the fact that players have always worn some of the best that Nike and Jordan brand has had to offer. To this day, it’s anyone’s guess what level of heat someone on ‘Zona’s bench will have on, from what era, AND from what genre.

In the early 1999, Jason Gardner came to Tucson with another guy who would establish himself as the “Sneakerchamp” in Gilbert Arenas. Gardner and Arenas basically said, “We’ll wear anything.”, and often did. When Arenas bolted for the NBA, Gardner took it upon himself to continue to rock heat to make a name for himself both for his hoop game as well as his kick game.

Today, we’ll take a look back at some of Gardner’s best.

Nike Air Flightposite Black:

Image via Sporting News.


Nike Air Flightposite White/Black/Red:



Nike Air Force Max White/Red:


Nike Air Jet Flight White/Navy:

Image via Sports Illustrated.
Image via Sports Illustrated.

Nike Air Jordan 5 White/Red:


Nike Air Jordan 17 Low White/University Blue:



Nike Air Max CW White/Natural:


Nike Air Trainer 1 White/Chlorophyll:



Nike Air Cross Trainer White/Red:


Nike Zoom Hyperflight Purple:


Nike Zoom Hyperflight Red:

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While many players have stuck to a given style of shoe, be it light weight or ones with more stability, Gardner was all over the map, never maintaining a given silhouette. He was just as concerned with what he wore on game day as he was with how he played on game day. Guarantee he would have been active on the ‘gram had it been around.

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