Alaska PG still eying Heels

While the North Carolina staff is in a wait-and-see mode with senior point guard Shaun Livingston and junior floor leader Greg Paulus, a standout from Alaska has kept the Tar Heels among his leaders.

Bartlett High (Alaska) 6-1, 165-pound standout Mario Chalmers, arguably the best high school player to come out of the state since (or maybe even including) Carlos Boozer, is in the process of narrowing down his list to a reasonable handful.

The five leading candidates, according to his Chalmers' father, Ron, who is also the Bartlett High coach, are UNC, Marquette, Syracuse, UCLA and Maryland.

Arizona, Kansas and Wake Forest are also in the mix for Chalmers, who averaged 23 points, 9 assists and 5 rebounds this past season.

"Carolina is still one of the leading schools," Ron Chalmers said. "He likes them a lot."

One advantage that the Tar Heels staff has is the fact that Ron Chalmers grew up in North Carolina – and the family could end up moving back to the area after Mario's junior season.

"We're still contemplating it," Ron Chalmers added. "We're going to look at it and take it on a year-by-year basis. The competition is going to fall off in Alaska a little bit, but right now we're in limbo."

Chalmers played with the California Pump ‘N Run team for a couple tournaments, but the family is concerned that the rules could change yet again – leaving Mario to have to play with a team from Alaska during summer competition or not be able to play in out-of-state tournaments at all.

"We're not sure what's going to happen, so that's one of the main reasons we may end up moving," Ron Chalmers said.


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