Thursday, June 12, 2008

Chalmers, Anderson Still Deciding Futures

According to Andy Katz of, both Kansas junior guard Mario Chalmers and California sophomore forward Ryan Anderson have yet to make a decision regarding their respective NBA futures. Both players have until Monday to make a final choice.

Anderson is completely on the fence, and is not close to a decision yet. "It's something that I need to weigh because I know it's going to be hard for teams to guarantee me anything right now to stay in the draft," Anderson said. "I've been hearing good information. That's what I'm hearing and it's heading me in a good decision toward a decision but I'm no where near finalizing yet." He said he felt like he was prepared to play in the NBA, but he has also been told that his stock might rise if he stays another year. Furthermore, he is excited about the possibility of playing under new coach Mike Montgomery. Anderson said there are pros and cons for either decision. "That's what makes it so tough," he said. "I'm trying to get as much information as possible." Anderson, who is projected as a late first-round pick, averaged 21.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game last season.

On the other hand, all indications point to Chalmers keeping his name in the NBA Draft. Despite that, his father, Ronnie, who is the director of basketball operations at Kansas, told Katz that the two will make a final decision Sunday afternoon. "The main thing is for Mario to be at peace with what he's doing," Ronnie said. "I'll support him and get him the information to make a good decision." Ronnie said that Chalmers is a lock for the first-round based on the reports he has been receiving. Jayhawks' coach Bill Self is not expecting Chalmers to return to school for his senior season. "He’s staying in the draft," Self told Gary Bedore of the Lawrence Journal-World. "He’s telling everybody he’s leaving. Why would he be saying that if he’s still thinking he’s going to come back?" Chalmers averaged 12.8 points, 4.3 assists and 2.5 steals per game last season.

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