Chalmers makes his decision

Mario Chalmers has made a decision. The nation's top prep point guard announced today at a press conference whether he would play his college ball for Arizona or Kansas. Would it be a tradition of sending point guards to the NBA or a chance to start right away at one of the nation's premier programs?

In the end Chalmers chose Kansas. The chance to start from day one on a legitimate national championship contender was too great to pass up. With Aaron Miles graduating, there was a void at point guard and Bill Self and his staff did a wonderful job making up ground on the Wildcats who were long rumored to lead for his services.

Arizona coaches tried to sell a proven track record in developing NBA guards, but they could not sway the 6-1 Alaskan. Since 1988 all but two of the Wildcats' starting point guards have gone on to the NBA. The list includes the likes of Damon Stoudamire, Mike Bibby and Jason Terry. Even lesser known players like Matt Othick and Reggie Geary had short stays in the league.

Chalmers is the nation's top point guard recruit. Some analysts feel that he is a better scorer than passer, but he's shown that he can do both. He was probably the Wildcats' top target in the class and obviously the Kansas coaches felt the same way.

Expect the Wildcats to keep recruiting Seattle's Terrence Williams. The 6-6 point guard has had the Wildcats on his list for some time. He would have been brought in for a visit some time ago, but only recently posted the necessary test scores. Don't be shocked if they try to get involved with other players, or not take a point guard at all. They should have both Shakur and Daniel Dillon on the roster in 2005 and a senior Chris Rodgers could help out there as well.

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