Spotlight: Chalmers Commitment

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After returning from a recent recruiting trip to the University of Kansas, Mario Chalmers of Bartlett High knew it was where he wanted to play college basketball. Friday, Chalmers announced his intentions to attend Kansas for the 2005-06 season by making his oral commitment during an afternoon press conference at the Bartlett library.

Just a junior, Chalmers, 18, plans to sign a national letter of intent in November, when the early signing period begins for high school seniors.

"I don't see it changing," he said. "Kansas is the best fit."

Chalmers, a two-time Class 4A player of the year who is considered one of the finest point guards in the nation, had narrowed his choices to Kansas and Arizona. He picked the Jawhawks, he said, based on the opportunity to play right away. He didn't want to wait until next season to announce his decision because Chalmers was sold on being a Jayhawk.

"There's no better offer out there for me unless it's straight to the NBA," Chalmers said.

read the article>> (Anchorage Daily News)

Kansas basketball recruiting is going so well, the Jayhawks can even spread into Alaska and pan gold. On Friday, KU received its fourth commitment of the week, landing Mario Chalmers of Bartlett High School in Anchorage.

Chalmers chose Kansas over Arizona, the only schools he visited. A key factor in his decision was that the Jayhawks will be losing point guard Aaron Miles after this season. Such an opening wasn't assured at Arizona, where freshman Mustafa Shakur stepped in at the point this past season.

"I liked Arizona a lot, but it came down to who's coming back and the opportunity I had at Kansas, plus the group I'm going to be playing with there," said Chalmers, who made his recruiting visit to KU last weekend, when Downs and C.J. Giles were also on campus. Miles served as Chalmers' host.

read the article>> (Hawk Zone)

"Right now, we want to get the college selection out of the way," said Ronnie Chalmers, Mario's father and high school coach. "Just like he had a tough choice between Kansas and Arizona, he'll have to choose between the NBA and Kansas. But Mario just has to prepare for the level. He needs to get stronger. Who knows what next year will bring?"

Mario Chalmers comes from a state hardly known for producing elite basketball talent. But he also has played three summers of AAU ball -- teams also coached by his dad -- in tournaments in the Lower 48 and is convinced he doesn't have to take a back seat to anyone.

"I feel I match up pretty well with anyone," Chalmers said. "Sometimes I think I've been the best out there."

His Alaskan Pump 'N Run AAU team won the national 17-and-under title, and some recruiting services have him ranked as the No. 1 junior point guard in the country. He's also been invited to attend the U.S. national junior team tryouts in June in Colorado Springs and the NBA Top 100 Juniors camp in Richmond, Va. Not bad credentials.

"By ranking Mario No. 1 point guard in the country, they're right on target," Ronnie Chalmers said "From what I've seen out there, he deserves it."

At the same time, he said, "In Alaska you don't get the competition day in and day out. Mario needs to work on his footwork, because things have come pretty easy for him."

read the article>> (Wichita Eagle)

Kansas University's men's basketball fans don't need to worry about who will replace point guard Aaron Miles after next season.

Chalmers, the No. 1-rated point guard and No. 8-ranked recruit overall in the Class of 2005 by rivals.com, like predecessor Miles, is expected to earn McDonald's All-America honors after next season.

"I think Kansas is the best fit for me," said Chalmers. "With Aaron Miles graduating, I have a chance to step right in and play the point guard position at one of the best schools in the country."

Like many McDonald's All-Americans, the 60-percent shooter and 90-percent free-throw shooter is thinking college -- not the NBA -- right now, though, Chalmers' father, Ronnie, said.

read the article>> (KU Sports)


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