TOC: Mario Chalmers Spotlight

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – Last year, UNC assistant coach Doug Wojcik traveled all the way to Alaska to watch Mario Chalmers, but the 2005 point guard has not yet heard from the new UNC staff.

Mario Chalmers' team, Pump N Run, won the 17-under title at the Tournament of Champions, but it was a quiet tournament for the Anchorage native.

After all, playing time is going to be hard to come by when you are the backup for Tournament MVP Jordan Farmer.

In limited minutes, Chalmers displayed quickness, good court vision and a scorer's mentality when needed. It'll be easier for analysts and coaches to scout his game at the Nike Camp in July, when he's not playing behind Farmer.

"I'm starting to get used to it now," he said of the elite national competition. "First we had to adjust and now we're starting to adjust and are able to handle it."

Chalmers, who was born in Alaska but spent some of his childhood growing up in N.C., is very interested in the Tar Heels. Under the previous staff UNC stood atop his list, but the new Carolina regime has yet to touch base.

For now, he lists UNC, Texas, Marquette and Syracuse as his top four, while explaining that Marquette, Texas Tech and Stanford have shown the most interest of late.

Chalmers is undoubtedly one to watch this summer.

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