KU Basketball vs. Texas A&M (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Colorado (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Missouri (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Rhode Island (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
KU Basketball vs. Detroit (Photos by Jeff & Laura Jacobsen)
Overview: A two-year starter who broke a 26-year KU record by recording 97 steals in 2006-07... Was named 2007 co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, the first year the award was selected... Has led the Big 12 in steals his freshman and sophomore seasons... Has been named to the Big 12 All-Defensive team each of the last two seasons... One of 30 players invited to try out for Team USA at the Pan Am Games in summer 2007... Will contend for postseason accolades as he received many following his freshman and sophomore campaigns... Has a great court sense and can play either guard spot.
Junior Season (2007-08): Led KU with 97 steals and 169 assists on the season... His 97 steals tied his KU season record set last year... In the Big 12 Tournament Championship game versus Texas (March 16) had a career-high 30 points, 10 field goals, eight made threes and 12 attempted threes... With two steals in that game he moved past Aaron Miles for second all-time on KU's career steals list... Set a career high with three blocks vs. Nebraska on two occasions (Jan. 26 and March 14)... His nine rebounds against DePaul was a new career best (Dec. 8).
Sophomore Season (2006-07): Started 37 of 38 games and was second on the team in scoring at 12.2 ppg (20th in the Big 12)... Had 97 steals which broke the KU school season record held by Darnell Valentine (92 in 1981)... An All-Big 12 Third Team selection who led the Big 12 in steals at 2.55 per contest (19th nationally)... Had 27 multi-steal games, including a career-best-tying six three times against USC (Dec. 4), Oklahoma State (Jan. 10) and UCLA in the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight... Was 10th in the league in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.36 per contest... Led Kansas in scoring 12 times and in steals on 20 occasions... Produced four 20-point games - 22 vs. Boston College (Dec. 23), 22 vs. Detroit (Dec. 28), 21 vs. Colorado (Jan. 27) and 21 vs. Texas (March 3)... His nine field goals agasinst BC were a career best... Made multiple threes 18 times, including a 5-for-5 effort against Texas in the regular-season finale on March 3... The five treys were a career high... Led KU in assists in 10 outings, including a career-high-tying eight twice - vs. WSSU (Dec. 19) and against Kentucky in the NCAA Tournament second round... Ranked 12th in the Big 12 with 3.26 assists per contest and had five-plus dimes in nine games... Led KU in free-throw percentage at 77 percent and made a career-best 10 FTs at Oklahoma (Feb. 26)... Made 40.4 percent from three-point range... Was named to the Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament team after averaging 13 points in victories versus Ball State and No. 1 Florida... Made clutch shots, including the game-tying three, in scoring 17 points in KU's overtime win against Texas in the Big 12 Championship.
Freshman Season (2005-06): Started 21 of the final 22 games of the season (missing only senior night) and was second on the team in scoring at 11.5 points per game, including 14.3 in Big 12 play... Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship where he averaged 16 points, 4.3 rebounds and 5.3 assists in Kansas' title run... An All-Big 12 Honorable Mention selection who was also on the conference's all-rookie and all-defensive teams... Became only the second freshman in the 10-year history of the conference to earn Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week honors (joining Oklahoma's Drew Lavender in 2003-04)... Twice won national freshman of the week honors and once the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week... Won the team's Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award (co- with Julian Wright)... Set the Kansas and Big 12 freshman steals record with 89 and was the first freshman to lead the conference in steals per game at 2.70 (14th nationally)... His 89 steals from 2005-06 are rank fifth on the KU single-season list and his 2.70 average is fourth... Ended the season ranked on nine KU and two Big 12 freshman top 10 lists... Registered three or more steals in 19 games... Earned the Dutch Lonborg Free Throw Percentage Award, led KU and was fourth in the Big 12 in free throw percentage at 78.8 percent... Made 21 straight free throws early during the Big 12 season... Had five games of 6-for-6 or better from the line... Was eighth in the league in assists with a 3.85 average... Was 14th in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.37... Scored in double figures 20 times, including 14 of the final 16 games of the season... Was second on the team with 48 three-point field goals made... Scored 15 points against Bradley to mark his fourth straight 15-plus scoring effort... Totaled a team-best 48 points to go with 16 assists and 13 rebounds during the Big 12 Championship, earning Most Outstanding Player honors... Hit on 4-of-7 from behind the arc in the conference championship game against Texas... Had a career high in points (23) against Iowa State (Feb. 11)... Scored 20 points at Nebraska (Feb. 2), including four three-pointers... Hit the game-winning bucket with 19.8 seconds left on the clock to defeat Oklahoma... Set a career-high with six steals at Iowa State (Jan. 28)... Tied a career high in assists (eight) at Texas A&M... Had career highs in minutes (40), assists (eight) and free throw attempts (10) at Missouri (Jan. 16)... Scored 15 points in his debut against Idaho State.
High School: McDonald's All-American and Parade All-American following his senior season where he averaged 25.3 points per game... Was coached by his father, Ronnie, in high school... Guided Bartlett High School to two state titles in 2002 and 2003 and two runner-up finishes in 2004 and 2005... Named the Alaska 4A Player of the Year three times joining former Duke star Trajan Langdon as the only other player from the state to do so... Led the state in three-point shooting his senior season... Was an all-conference selection all four years... Averaged 23.2 points, 6.0 assists and 5.8 rebounds as a junior for the Golden Bears... Best game of his high school season was 46 points, 10 steals and eight assists... Took control in the second half of the McDonald's All-American game, where he scored 17 of his team-high 20 points.
Off The Court: Full name is Almario Vernard Chalmers... Born May 19, 1986, in Anchorage, Alaska... Undecided on a major... Parents are Ronnie and Almarie Chalmers... Ronnie was named KU Director of Basketball Operations in summer 2005... Cousin Lionel Chalmers led Xavier in scoring in 2003-04 with 16.6 ppg and currently plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves... Cousin Chris Smith played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves from 1992-95.
Career honors: 2007-08: Final Four Most Outstanding Player... Big 12 Championship All- Tournament Team... All-Big 12 Second Team... Big 12 All-Defensive Team (coaches)... Big 12 All-Defense Team (media)... NABC District 12 First Team... Wooden Award Mid-Season Top 30 list... Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention... Preseason Wooden Award List... Preseason AP Honorable Mention All-American. Summer 2007: Team USA Pan Am trials. 2006-07: Co-Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year... All-Big 12 Third Team by Big 12... All-Big 12 Honorable Mention by AP... All-Big 12 Defensive Team ... AP Big 12 All-Defense Team... Las Vegas Invitational All-Tournament Team... Preseason All-Big 12 Honorable Mention. 2005-06: All-Big 12 Honorable Mention... Big 12 All-Rookie Team... Big 12 All-Defensive Team... AP All-Big 12 Third Team... Big 12 Championship Most Outstanding Player... Big 12 Championship All-Tournament Team... Rivals.com Freshman of the Week (March 13)... Big 12 Player of the Week (Feb. 13)... Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Jan. 30)... CBS Sportsline Freshman of the Week (Jan. 30)... Dutch Lonborg Free Throw Percentage Award... Clyde Lovellette Most Improved Player Award (co- with Julian Wright).