Chalmers could pull the trigger early

Mario Chalmers is quickly establishing himself as one of the top point guards in the United States. Rumors abound about just who he is interested in and what teams are in the hunt and when a decision is coming. We caught up with Chalmers and learned just where he is at with his recruitment.

"Everything is going great," Chalmers said. "It has been good so far."

Chalmers is making his second official visit this weekend. He tripped to Arizona in early march and will visit Kansas next. He has no other visits planned, and may or may not take any more after this weekend.

"If I don't commit this summer I will take my other visits in the fall," Chalmers said.

When asked if there was a good chance he may pull the trigger early, Chalmers replied, "Yes there is."

He won't name a leader, but reading between the eyes it looks as if the Wildcats and Jayhawks are in the lead. North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest are his other three leaders. In some prior interviews Chalmers neglected to mention the Tar Heels, but he assured us that North Carolina was indeed still in the picture.

He does not want to compare the Kansas visit to the Arizona visit. He wants to take each trip as an individual experience in an attempt to get a feel for the total experience.

"I want to go there and see how the campus is like," Chalmers said. "I want to see how the basketball team is. Meet the guys and just get a feel for the school as a whole."

It will take some work for the trip to Lawrence to surpass the visit to Tucson. Chalmers has had nothing but good things to say about Arizona and it is safe to say they will be in the mix until the end.

"It's ‘Point Guard U.'," Chalmers said. "I like Coach Olson a lot. I really liked the players and the people there. The teachers and administrators really made an impression."

Olson recently made the trek up to Alaska to meet with the point guard and his family. Overall it was a positive meeting between the family and the hall of famer.

"It went great," Chalmers said of the meeting. "He met with me and my parents."

According to Mario, his parents were really impressed with Olson and came away with a good feeling after the meeting. That could be key for the Wildcats because his father is a lifelong North Carolina fan.

Chalmers has excelled in the early stages of the summer circuit. After playing lackluster competition in Alaska, he has gotten a kick out of playing top talent in various AAU events.

"I am having fun," Chalmers admitted. "I like getting an opportunity to play the best players in the class of 2005."

CAT TRACKS' ANALYSIS: Chalmers won't admit it, but it sure sounds as if the Wildcats are in good shape. Reading between the lines it sounds as if Kansas or the Cats could get an early commitment if things go their way. If Kansas doesn't wow him this weekend, the Cats will enter the summer as the team to beat for his services. Don't be shocked if the Cats don't get a verbal, but the longer the commitment drags on, the more other schools have a shot of getting his services.


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