Mario Chalmers is set to join an elite group on Saturday. The former point guard of the Kansas Jayhawks, and current Miami Heat player, will get his #15 jersey retired by the team during halftime vs Texas.
The game is scheduled for Saturday and will be televised by ESPN at 8:00 p.m. central time. Chalmers was named the 2008 Final Four Most Outstanding Player on Kansas’s championship team. He instantly hit hero status after draining a huge three-pointer in an overtime victory over Memphis in the title game.
In Chalmers three seasons at Kansas, the Jayhawks posted an 95-16 record overall, along with three Big-12 regular season titles and three Big-12 conference championships. Kansas also advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight twice, one final four and the NCAA championship.
Chalmers was named to the All-Big 12 conference team all three seasons as a defender. His 283 steals rank Chalmers second all-time at Kansas for steals behind Darnell Valentine who posted 336 from 1978-81. Chalmers averaged 12 points per game and connected on 41% of his three-point attempts. After Kansas, Chalmers was picked 34th by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the 2008 NBA Draft, only to get traded to Miami. He last season joined Clyde Lovellette as the only Jayhawks to win an NCAA and NBA title.
Chalmers joins Wayne Simien as the second former Kansas Jayhawk during head coach Bill Self’s era to get his jersey retired. Simien had his #23 jersey hung
during the 2010-11 season after playing in 2002-05.
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