Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers
(born May 19, 1986) is an American professional basketball
player for the Miami Heat
of the NBA
. He was selected 34th overall in the 2008 NBA Draft
by the Minnesota Timberwolves
. Chalmers played for the University of Kansas
in college for three seasons, including the 2007–08 national championship team
, hitting a dramatic three-pointer with 2.1 seconds left in regulation to send the game against the Memphis Tigers
into overtime, with Kansas eventually winning the game.
In the 2006–2007 Big 12
Coaches Awards, Chalmers was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Marcus Dove of Oklahoma State. Chalmers was also voted on the All Big 12 Third Team, and the All Big 12 Defensive Team.
In the 2007–2008 season, Chalmers was named Big 12 All-Defensive First Team and All Big 12 Second Team. He was also named Most Outstanding Player
of the 2008 NCAA Championship
Chalmers attended Bartlett High School
in Anchorage, Alaska
. Chalmers was named 4A State Player of the Year three times in a row, joining Trajan Langdon
as the only other player to do so. Chalmers also led his school to two state championships in 2002 and 2003, and a runner up finish in 2004.
Chalmers was rated the #2 overall point guard in the 2005 recruiting class by Rivals.com
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