October 18, 2006

Chalmers ready to build on last year

The adjustment from high schools hoops to big-time college basketball was not easy for Mario Chalmers. Early on in his freshman year, Chalmers had a difficult time working his way on to the court. However, after making the switch from point guard to shooting guard, the former McDonald's All-American flourished under Bill Self. Despite his success, Chalmers spent a lot of time this off season improving all areas of his game.

Chalmers, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound combo guard from Anchorage, Alaska, arrived on campus with a load of expectations. The No. 12 ranked player in the class of 2006 was expected to start from the minute he stepped foot on campus.

However, the transition from Bartlett High School to the University of Kansas was more difficult than he envisioned. Coach Self eventually decided to move Chalmers from the point guard to shooting guard position. As it turned out, that move ended up being a blessing in disguise for Chalmers and the Hawks.

As good as Chalmers was down the stretch for KU last year, he is looking forward to taking his game to a completely different level this year.

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