The need was clearly there. The Jayhawks needed to land a point guard in the 2005 class to replace a departing Aaron Miles following his senior year.
The Jayhawks got their wish. Mario Chalmers will be a Jayhawk.
Phog.net has learned that Chalmers, a 6-1 prospect from Anchorage, Alaska, has given a verbal commitment play basketball at the University of Kansas.
It was looking as if it was going to be the Jayhawks and the Arizona Wildcats squaring off (again) for a blue chip point guard. Arizona and Kansas had an extended battle for the services of Aaron Miles, and it looked at times as if this battle could be just as intense.
Chalmers did provide a hint in a recent CatTracks interview that he might just pull the trigger early, but needed to get a feeling for life at KU before making a decision.
“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.”
Looks like he saw what he needed to see on his visit to Kansas last weekend.
Chalmers is ranked as the #1 prospect in the 2005 class, and the number 14 prospect overall.
Dave Telep, National Recruiting Director for TheInsiders.com, had this to say about Chalmers:
"Mario Chalmers will begin the summer as the No. 1 point guard prospect in the country. It'll be up to him to hold onto the ranking but he's done enough to warrant the accolade. He's a scoring point guard who has improved his shot and range. His ballhandling is very good but there is room for improvement. He's capable of being a big time scoring threat from the position and he's got a nice feel. This is one of the elite players in America."
Look for more on this developing story from Phog.net.