It is difficult to name another player in Las Vegas last weekend that raised his stock more than Mario Chalmers of the Alaska/New Mexico Pump N Run. The 6-foot-1, 165-pound point guard from Bartlett High School in Ankorage,Alaska will look to raise his stock even higher this weekend in the Kingwood Classic although five of his top six schools have already offered scholarships.
“I like Marquette, North Carolina, Arizona, UCLA, Kansas, and Wake Forest,” Chalmers told Rivals.com after he scored 40 points last weekend against EBO/EA Sports. “North Carolina is the only school not to offer.”
Chalmers has already taken an official visit to Arizona.
“I liked the visit,” he said. “They have a nice campus. I also like the warm weather in Arizona. But the best thing is the coaching staff. Arizona has a great coaching staff.”
There are two main criteria that will guide Chalmers in his decision making process.
“I want to go to a school that has strong academics,” he said. “I also want to play early and make a sudden impact.”
During his 40 point outburst, Chalmers looked proficient in every area of the game. He rebounded and defended. He hit from behind the arc off the dribble and pass. He got in the lane for kick outs, pull up jumpers, floaters, and finishes at the rim. And he led his team to a hard fought victory.
Increasing strength should be the major focus of his development, and Chalmers agrees.
“This summer I will try to get stronger and quicker,” he said.
If Chalmers does get stronger and quicker, he has a chance to be one of the elite point guards in the class of 2005.