- HEAT Video
Oct 21 2008 8:34PM
CAREER TRANSACTIONS:Drafted by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second round (34th overall) of the 2008 NBA Draft…draft rights were acquired by the HEAT in exchange for two 2009 second-round draft picks and cash considerations on June 26, 2008…signed by the HEAT on July 9, 2008.
2008 SUMMER LEAGUE:Started all five games for the HEAT at the Orlando Pro Summer League and averaged 15.8 points, 5.4 assists, 2.0 rebounds, 2.00 steals and 26.8 minutes…was selected to the Orlando Pro All-Summer League Second Team…was tied for the league lead in steals per game…led Miami in assists (27), free throws made (43) and attempted (47), free throw percentage (.915) and steals (10) and ranked second in points (79) and scoring average and third in minutes played (133:45)…topped the HEAT in assists in all five contests, in steals three times and in scoring twice…scored in double figures in all five games, including one 20-point performance…hit all 17 of his free throw attempts against Indiana on July 9 and finished with a team-high 23 points.
COLLEGE:Played three seasons at the University of Kansas before becoming an early entry candidate in the 2008 NBA Draft…appeared in 110 games (96 starts) and averaged 12.2 points, 3.8 assists, 2.8 rebounds, 2.57 steals and 28.5 minutes while shooting 48.6 percent from the field, 41.9 percent from three-point range and 76.7 percent from the foul line…finished his career ranked among the Jayhawks’ all-time leaders in steals (2nd-283), three-point field goals made (6th-180), assists (12th-420) and scoring (24th-1,341)…set the Kansas single-season record for steals (97) as a sophomore in 2006-07 and matched it the following year as a junior…led the Big 12 in steals all three years of his career…was named the Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Tournament Final Four…hit one of the biggest shots in NCAA Tournament history as his three-point field goal with 2.1 seconds left in the 2008 NCAA Tournament Championship game tied the score, forcing overtime and helped propel the Jayhawks to a win over Memphis…as a junior in 2007-08, appeared in 39 games (38 starts) and averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds, 2.49 steals and 30.0 minutes while shooting a career-high 51.6 percent from the field, a career-high 46.8 percent from three-point range and 74.6 percent from the foul line…earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors and was named to the All-Big 12 All-Defensive Team in 2007-08…led KU in steals and assists (169) as a junior…as a sophomore, appeared in 38 games (37 starts) and averaged 12.2 points, 3.3 assists, 3.0 rebounds, 2.55 steals and 29.2 minutes while shooting 49.1 percent from the field, 40.4 percent from three-point range and 77.0 percent from the foul line…was selected to the Big 12 All-Conference Third Team…was named the Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year as a sophomore in 2006-07 and earned All-Defensive Team honors…was second on the team in scoring…recorded 27 multi-steal games, including a career-high six on three separate occasions…finished 10th in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.36)…led the team in scoring 12 times…as a freshman, appeared in 33 games (21 starts) and averaged 11.5 points, 3.9 assists, 2.70 steals, 2.2 rebounds and 26.0 minutes while shooting 44.5 percent from the field, 37.5 percent from three-point range and a career-high 78.8 percent from the foul line…earned All-Defensive Team, All-Rookie Team and Third Team All-Conference honors from the Associated Press…named as the Most Outstanding Player of the 2006 Big 12 Championship…become only the second freshman in conference history to earn the Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors…twice won national Freshman of the Week honors and once the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week…won the team’s Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award…set a Big 12 freshman single-season record for steals (89)…led the team in assists and finished second in scoring…finished second on the team with 48 three-point field goals made.
PERSONAL:Full name is Almario Vernard Chalmers…answers to the nicknames “Mario”, which is short for his given name, and “Mr. Clutch” because of his knack for hitting big shots…parents are Ronnie and Almarie Chalmers…his dad was his coach at Bartlett High School in Anchorage where he won two state championships and was the Director of Basketball Operations at Kansas while he played for the Jayhawks and won a national championship…was named the Alaska 4A Player of the Year three times during his high school career…has a sister (Roneka Chalmers)…has a son (Zachiah A’mario Johnson)…his cousin, Lionel Chalmers, played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers and his cousin, Chris Smith, played in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves…chose his late grandmother Ethel Mae Evans as the person that made the biggest difference in his life, saying she was his best friend before she passed and was always there for him to talk to and give him advice and support…chose a framed picture of his grandmother as his most prized possession…majored in African-American studies at Kansas because he wanted to learn more about his roots and to be able to teach…when his playing career is over he would like to be a basketball coach or run camps for kids…does not have a charitable foundation yet, but has an interest in setting one up in the future…would like to be involved with the Ronald McDonald House and the Boys and Girls Club…after joining the HEAT he participated in the team’s Learn to Swim initiative where he helped local kids learn to swim and helped teach them the importance of water safety and appeared at the HEAT’s Summer Jam…says something most people don’t know about him is that he’s quiet…in his free time he enjoys playing video games, listening to music and relaxing…his favorite type of music is rap and R&B and his favorite artists are Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, T.I. and Jay-Z…chose The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, The Jamie Foxx Show, CSI Miami, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and South Park as his favorite television shows and All About the Benjamins and Shoot’Em Up as his favorite movies…his favorite sport other than basketball is football and his favorite teams are the Carolina Panthers and the Dallas Cowboys…chose fried chicken and steak as his favorite foods…selected Roscoe’s House of Chicken & Waffles in Los Angeles as his favorite restaurant…says the one thing he can cook well is bacon sandwiches…says the best place he has visited is the Bahamas because it was a really nice place to relax…choose Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as his dream vacation spot…his pre-game ritual is to take a shower before every game…has four tattoos…on his shoulders he has his grandmother’s names and the day she was born and the day she died with a dollar in the middle because she would give all the children a dollar…the tattoo on the bottom of his wrist says quickness and confidence, the two words his grandmother told him all the time…the one on top of his left wrist is his mother’s name…on his back he has one that says the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth…wears size 13 sneakers.