There should be no debate about Chalmers

There is no debate about Mario Chalmers' ability. If he isn't the best point guard in the nation, he's certainly top-5. He has the mix of skills that coaches covet in their floor generals. There is actually a debate over whether Arizona should make him a priority recruit.

Fans in Tucson and around Wildcat land have been following the recruitment of Chalmers for some time. Arizona's interest first surfaced last August and since then the pursuit has intensified.

Since the initial interest surfaced, Arizona fans wondered about the recruitment. After all, the Cats already had a pledge from 2006 point guard Nic Wise. A few months later they added Daniel Dillon and already had Mustafa Shakur on the roster.

The Chalmers family announced that Mario would decide on Friday between Kansas and the Wildcats and the debate amongst Wildcat fans started again. On the Cat Tracks message boards fans wondered if the Cats were using too many resources in the chase for a player that was not at a "need' position. Some wondered why the coaching staff wanted Chalmers so bad with Wise on the horizon and the team already in pursuit of top 2007 point guard Jaryd Bayless.

A quick look at the Arizona point guard situation over the next six seasons.

Player

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2008-09

2009-10

2010-2011

Mustafa Shakur

SOPH

JUNIOR

SENIOR

Chris Rodgers

JUNIOR

SENIOR

Daniel Dillon

FROSH

SOPH

JUNIOR

SENIOR

Mario Chalmers

FROSH

SOPH

JUNIOR

SENIOR

Nic Wise

FROSH

SOPH

JUNIOR

SENIOR

= Slight chance player will move on

= Doubtful player will still be in program

Fans may be debating, but they shouldn't. If you are a Wildcat fan, you want Chalmers. He is everything you want in a point guard. He can score, pass and has a fantastic floor sense. He has great size and strength, plus the quickness Lute Olson and his staff desire.

As good as Nic Wise can become, Chalmers is at a top level now. To me, if you have a chance to get the top rated point guard in the class you go for it.

Right now Dillon is an unknown, Shakur is an NBA prospect and Wise is still very young. We really don't know what Dillon can do. All reports are that he has a chance to be something special, but he is a mystery. We've heard that he can find the open man, but he can also score and board. Shakur will be in the NBA. Just when it happens is not known. Will he go after this season or next? No one really thinks he is a four-year player.

Wise has great potential. He is a sweet passer and an unbelievable ball handler. His size may be a concern, but the rest of his game gets better every time I see him.

Fans wonder if getting Chalmers would scare away Phoenix's Jaryd Bayless, but I don't think it would be a factor. Chalmers would be a junior before Bayless ever stepped on campus. If anyone will scare Bayless away, it would be Wise.

In the end, Chalmers is too good to pass on. He's one of the best prep point guards that I have seen over the past few years. He has all the skills to be the next great Wildcat point guard. Now, all he has to do is choose Arizona on Friday.


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