Davante Gardner is staying put with the Niigata Albirex BB.

While the Central Division club missed the playoffs last season, the Marquette University alumni enhanced his reputation as an elite player in the B. League by leading the circuit in scoring (28.7 points per game).

The 203-cm Gardner finalized a deal to return to Niigata for a third season, the team recently announced.

“I am already ready for the 2018-19 season,” Gardner said in a team-issued statement. (I’m) also preparing to go to the championship.

“Fans, boosters, sponsors, please, please help us this year. Thanking you in advance.”

Source: Niigata re-signs sharpshooter Davante Gardner; NeoPhoenix icon Masahiro Oguchi calls it quits | The Japan Times