Chalmers lights it up in Tennessee

Arizona may or may not add a guard in 2005. With Nic Wise coming in 2006 and Mustafa Shakur and Daniel Dillon in the Fold, it is not a huge need as of now. If Arizona does add a guard, one player they are taking a long look at is Alaska's Mario Chalmers.

Alaska is not necessarily a hotbed of hoops, so Chalmers has needed to hit the road to help prove himself. His Achorage Bartlett team hit the road for a holiday tournament and Chalmers showed that he will be one of the best guards in the 2005 class. Bartlett headed to Tennessee for the Arby's Classic.

Their first game came against Dobyns-Bennett High School from Tennessee. Bartlett jumped out to a 20-9 first quarter lead and cruised to a 74-59 win.

Chalmers had a game-high 23 points, hitting 8-16 shots. He was a solid 3-7 from three-point range. He added five steals.

His teammate Doug Hardy had 23 as well.

Bartlett dropped their second game, falling 63-53 to Memphis' White Station High School. White Station is ranked 19th in the nation by USA Today. The game was close early, but White Station dominated the second quarter, outscoring Bartlett 17-8, then fended off a late rally to hold onto the win.

Chalmers was on fire, scoring 23 points for the second-straight game. Chalmers knocked down 5-of-9 three-pointers, while adding four boards, two blocks and three steals. On a negative note he had eight turnovers and was not credited for an assist.

White Station's Courtney Pigram and Reiley Ervin each scored 19 points, while Johnanthan Ball scored 12.

In their final game Bartlett fell to New York's Arch Bishop Milloy.

Chalmers was named to the All-Tournament Team along with his teammate Hardy. Chalmers averaged a team-high 21.7 points per game in three tournament games for the Golden Bears, two-time defending state Class 4A champions. Hardy averaged 16.7 ppg in the tournament.

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