Seven in contention for Chalmers

Anchorage (Alaska) Bartlett junior point guard Mario Chalmers has already taken one official visit. Though he doesn't have any more planned, he has a list of seven to pick from.

Mario Chalmers and his No. 1 ranked Bartlett team will play this weekend for the state championship. By all accounts, Chalmers has turned in an outstanding junior season. When it comes to listing the top point guards in the country, his name always comes up in the conversation.

The guard says that despite Alaska's recent history of turning out players like Carlos Boozer and Trajan Langdon, there's not much pressure to carry the torch.

"People expect me to do good just because they're not that many people from Alaska who do good," he said.

Chalmers is already doing extremely well.

He's visited Arizona and the Wildcats made a nice impression on him.

"[The visit] met my expectations, I really liked the campus," he said. "I think I fit in good at Arizona because they like to push the ball and their guards do a lot of their offense."

The Wildcats think Chalmers can play with Mustafa Shakur and fit right into their style.

"[I'd] just go in there and produce some scoring to take Salim Stoudamire's spot," he said. "I'd help them any way I can."

Rounding out Chalmers' list is Wake Forest, Kansas, Marquette, North Carolina, UCLA and Washington. Chalmers has spent his entire life in Alaska, but his parents hail from Sanford, N.C., which can explain some East Coast flavor on his list.

Chalmers indicated that he's thinking about visiting North Carolina this spring, but has not set up an official visit date with the Tar Heels.

Lute Olson went to Alaska to see Chalmers during the season and Skip Prosser saw him in an event in Tennessee. Those are the lone head coaches to catch him during the year.

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