Mario Chalmers
Full Name: Almario Vernard Chalmers
Position: Guard
Height/Weight: 6-1 / 190
Birthdate: May 19, 1986
High School: Bartlett HS
College: Kansas

2005-06 33 21 121 272 .445 89 113 .788 48 128 .375 74 127 89 5 379 11.5
2006-07 38 37 159 324 .491 87 113 .770 59 146 .404 115 124 97 16 464 12.2
2007-08 39 38 164 318 .516 97 130 .746 73 156 .468 120 169 97 23 498 12.8
Totals 110 96 444 914 .486 273 356 .767 180 430 .419 309 420 283 44 1341 12.2

An early entry candidate for the 2008 NBA Draft.

Career Highlights: Named Most Outstanding Player of the 2008 NCAA Tournament Final Four. Earned Second Team All-Big 12 honors and league All-Defensive Team honors as a junior. Named Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and earned Third Team All-Conference and All-Defensive Team honors as a sophomore. Earned All-Defensive Team, All-Rookie Team and Third Team All-Conference honors from The Associated Press as a freshman. Led the Big 12 in steals all three seasons. Currently ranks as the second all-time leader in steals in Kansas history with 283 and holds the single season mark for steals in a season with 97, set during his sophomore and junior seasons. Also ranks sixth all-time in three-point field goals made (180), 12th in assists (420) and 24th in scoring (1,341 points).

Junior (2007-08): Averaged 12.8 points and 4.3 assists (ranked second in the Big 12). Scored 20 or more points three times. Sank six threes in an early season 23-point performance vs. UMKC. Tallied 12 points, a career-high nine rebounds, seven assists and a career-high seven steals vs. DePaul. Recorded 14 points and seven assists vs. Arizona. Scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds at USC. Matched a career-high with eight assists and added six steals vs. Eastern Washington. Shot 10-for-15 from the field, 8-for-12 from three-point range, in scoring a career-high 30 points vs. Texas in the Big 12 Tournament title game. Led team with 17 points vs. UNLV in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Posted 14 points vs. Villanova in the Sweet 16. Scored 18 points and grabbed four steals vs. Memphis in the national championship game, hitting a three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to force overtime, where Kansas went on to earn the national title.

Sophomore (2006-07): Averaged 12.2 points and 3.3 assists (ranked 12th in the Big 12). Scored 20 or more points four times, recording a season-high 22 points in consecutive games vs. Boston College and Detroit. Hit all five three-point attempts on his way to 21 points vs. Texas. Tallied 18 points, seven rebounds and five assists at Oklahoma. Scored 13 points and dished out five assists vs. Florida in the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational on his way to All-Tournament honors. Recorded 19 points on 8-for-9 shooting vs. Niagara in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Contributed 16 points and a season-high eight assists in the second round vs. Kentucky. Logged seven assists and six steals vs. UCLA in the Regional Finals.

Freshman (2005-06): Led the team in assists (3.9 apg) and ranked second in scoring (11.5 ppg). Set a Big 12 freshman record with 89 steals. Also ranked fourth in free throw percentage (.788). Started 21 of the final 22 games of the season. Scored 20 or more points five times, recording a season-high 23 points vs. Iowa State. Tallied 22 points and a career-high eight assists at Missouri. Recorded 21 points and a season-high six steals at Iowa State. Registered 18 points, six rebounds and seven assists in the semifinals of the Big 12 Tournament. Contributed 15 points vs. Bradley in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

Strengths: Has the ability to play both backcourt positions. An excellent on-the-ball defender that uses his quick hands, wingspan and anticipation skills to garner steals. Shoots well from the perimeter and takes what the defense gives him.

Personal: Cousin, Lionel Chalmers, played in the NBA with the Los Angeles Clippers and another cousin, Chris Smith, played in the NBA with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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