Mario Chalmers' College Number Retired by KU


Photo courtesy of: Jeff and Laura Jacobsen, Kansas Athletics

Five years after he hit one of the biggest shots in college basketball history, the University of Kansas retired Mario Chalmers’ No. 15 jersey during a ceremony at halftime of the Jayhawks game on February 16, 2013. “It’s something you always hope for,” said Chalmers. “It was one of my dreams growing up, to leave my mark at every school I went to. One of them happened to be Kansas. I’m glad I was able to do that.”

Averaging 12.2 points per game in his three seasons at Kansas, Chalmers earned three Big 12 All-Defensive Team selections and helpe lead the Jayhawks to three Big 12 regular season titles, two Final Four appearances and the program’s most recent national title. In that title game his game-tying three-pointer sent the 2008 national championship game against Memphis into overtime. The Jayhawks would go on to beat the Tigers, 75-68, to capture the program’s fifth national championship.

“He was as clutch of a player as we’ve ever had here,” said Kansas Head Coach Bill Self. “He was a guy that seemed like the bigger the stage, the brighter he shined. He had an orneriness and toughness that a lot people didn’t see because they saw the smile. He was an assassin on the court.”

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