It hasn’t been easy for Mario Chalmers in his five seasons with the Miami Heat.
There have been good times and there have been bad times. While it looks like the bad times outnumber the good, Chalmers has shown a knack for coming up big when he gets to be on the big stage. Game 4 of last season’s NBA Finals is a prime example.
Now Chalmers will be honored for doing the same in college when his Alma Mater Kansas Jayhawks retire his No. 15 jersey on February 16 in a halftime ceremony.
Chalmers was among the standout players during the 2008 NCAA Tournament where he helped lead the Jayhawks to a national championship and won the Most Outstanding Player award. The biggest highlight of his college career is when he made the late tying three-point shot that sent the National Championship game against the Derrick Rose led Memphis Tigers into overtime.
That game put Chalmrs on the radar of Heat team president Pat Riley, who then drafted him in the 2008 NBA Draft.
Chalmers joins a decorated list of former and current NBA players that have had their numbers retired by the Jayhawks. The most illustrious of the former players being Wilt Chamberlain. The crop of current players include Paul Pierce, Kirk Hinrich, and Drew Gooden.
Chalmers is also the second player among the current Heat starters to get his college number retired. Dwyane Wade had his No. 3 jersey retired by Marquette University in 2006, the same year he led the Miami to its first NBA title.