(05.22.04) It might come as a surprise to some that Chalmers picked Kansas over Arizona given his reputation as a shoot-first point guard who lacks the discipline to play hard-nosed defense. But Chalmers believes the perception of him being a lazy defender is wrong.
"I can play defense with the best of them," he said.
Bartlett head coach Ronnie Chalmers, Mario's father, employs the same type of run-and-gun system used by Arizona. The younger Chalmers flourished as the focal point of the offense. Chalmers is a dynamic playmaker who has excellent court vision, which makes him a threat each time he touches the ball. His slick dribbling skills and deft jumper make him almost impossible to stop one-on-one.
Schooling opponents in Alaska on a nightly basis certainly added to his swagger. But it was his steady performance last summer at high-profile evaluation camps in the Lower 48 that really helped his confidence level skyrocket.
"I know I can score when my team needs a basket," he said.
Kansas plays in the defense-minded Big 12 Conference and can't rely solely on offense to run teams out of the building. Chalmers will be required to orchestrate the offense in a half-court set as well as on the fast break.
"Mario is an open-court type of guy," said his father. "With Kansas having that different weapon on the court, it's going to make them more dangerous."
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(05.22.04) "I think I know what it takes for Mario to succeed," said (Ronnie) Chalmers, who has lived in Anchorage since he was first stationed there by the Air Force in 1982. "He has a lot of work to do, but I'm convinced he's got what it takes."
North Carolina, Georgia Tech and Wake Forest also pursued Mario Chalmers. The Tar Heels appeared to be a good fit for Chalmers since his mother and father are from Cameron, N.C., but Roy Williams backed off on him in early May to pursue other junior guards.
But Chalmers is convinced KU is the "right fit" for him. Coming in a year after Miles leaves certainly ensures a chance to start right away for Bill Self.
"That was important to me," he said. "I want to come in and run the team."
Chalmers certainly has taken care of his dad's teams pretty well. A starter since he was a freshman, Chalmers helped Bartlett High to a state title his first two years.
"It'll be hard to turn loose of him," said Ronnie Chalmers, who is 88-18 in his four year's at Bartlett High. "I'm losing my floor general. Mario has instincts you can't teach. He's always thinking ahead."
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(05.22.04) "It's every kid's dream to play in the NBA. To be honest, if the opportunity presented itself, he'd entertain it," said Ronnie Chalmers, head coach at Bartlett High, who along with Mario has won two state titles in the last three years.
"We are not making any plans to try to go there (NBA). Who knows what may happen in a year? Right now we can say it's a fact he's a Kansas Jayhawk and happy to be a Kansas Jayhawk."
"He has his eyes on starting his freshman year," Chalmers said of his son. "He knows Aaron Miles will be gone and said to me today, ‘Dad, I want to get right on the weights.'"
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(05.07.04) He and his dad attended this year's Final Four in San Antonio, where he watched Georgia Tech and Kansas up close. It was his first time at a non-Great Alaska Shootout Division I game and Chalmers came away impressed.
"They're a lot stronger," he said. "You gotta raise your game because people in college are going to be just as good as you are."
Chalmers dominates most defenders in Alaska with slick off-the-dribble moves and a deft jumper. The shoot-first, pass-second guard averaged 23 points a game to lead the Golden Bears (23-4), who finished unbeaten in the Region IV conference and placed second at the state tournament. He doesn't know if he'll play on a summer traveling team this year like he has for each of the last two years. His schedule will be booked nonetheless, with trips scheduled to several Outside evaluation camps. He's been asked back to the prestigious Adidas ABCD Camp and he's earned an invitation to try out for the U.S. junior national team.
"There's gonna be a lot of high-quality players there," Chalmers said of the national tryout. "You have to work hard and get everybody involved (to get noticed)."
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(04.26.04) The 6-1, 165-pound guard with strong ties to the state of North Carolina was a standout in Las Vegas two weeks ago in a club event. Mario has taken a visit to the University of Arizona, but his father said Mario doesn't favor the Wildcats.
"I don't know where that rumor came from," Ronnie Chalmers said. "Somebody called the other day and said Mario was about to commit to Arizona. That's not close to being true. Right now, all his schools are even."
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(04.21.04) With his performance in Las Vegas, Chalmers officially became a candidate for best point guard in the class of 2005. He has all the tools: a tight handle, shooting ability, athleticism, court vision, length and quickness to run the point for an elite high-major program. However, he is far from a finished product and still has a lot to learn about shot selection, making sure to involve teammates and keeping his focus on the court.
- Eric Bossi and Rob Harrington
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(04.18.04) Mario Chalmers was good last year, in a quiet, unassuming sort of way. But not now. Oh, he's still plenty good, good to the tune of 40 points (including six threes) in a playoff win over EBO. The difference now is that Chalmers has star power; he impacts every aspect of the game and carries himself with a swagger that was absent last summer.
- Rob Harrington
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(02.13.04) It won't be long before Chalmers begins fielding phone calls morning, noon and night. Until he is a senior, though, all coaches can do is write. Like, every day. "I never thought there would be this much hype," said Chalmers, a 6-foot-2, 171-pound playmaker for the two-time Class 4A state champion Golden Bears. "I kind of like all the attention that comes with it, but at the same it's overwhelming. There's a lot to think about."
Chalmers will likely have his pick of schools. Two national recruiting services rank him among the top 25 juniors in the country and one has him listed as high as No. 6 among junior point guards.
The wiry Chalmers is a smooth ballhandler and a slippery player to defend. He can create his own shot by flashing one-on-one moves or by utilizing his quickness to slither through a defensive trap. In a recent game against Lathrop, Chalmers crossed up a defender so badly the player fell back onto his heels before falling down and kicking the ball.
As lethal as Chalmers is as a scorer, he's an even more effective as a playmaker. He threads passes most point guards only dream of attempting and he does it with a flair some of his teammates might not even see in college. His ability to dribble, drive and dish allows him to control a game without scoring a point.
- Van Williams
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(01.08.04) (01.08.04) Winning will come primarily from the run-and-gun backcourt duo of Chalmers, who led the region in scoring a year ago, and Hardy, who was third. The two averaged more than 35 points a game last season. But it's their uncanny court sense that makes Chalmers and Hardy -- who have played together since the third grade -- so dangerous. The pair moved up through the YMCA and junior varsity ranks together.
"I knew they were going to be special by the time they got to high school," Ronnie Chalmers said. "They haven't proved me wrong yet.
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