Mario Chalmers envisions a day he’ll tee it up and blast at least a few drives at his annual charity golf tournament.
“I do golf. I’ve been practicing. I’ve been doing a little ‘Topgolf’ here lately. I may do a little something sometime. I can’t hit this year. I’ve got to wait until everything goes through with Memphis,” Chalmers, a former Kansas basketball guard and nine-year NBA veteran said Monday from The Jayhawk Club, formerly known as Alvamar Golf Club.
Chalmers, 31, is coming off 17-month rehab following Achilles tendon surgery and is set to resume his NBA career on a one-year contract with the Memphis Grizzlies after a full year off. He didn’t want to risk straining any muscles at his ninth-annual golf fundraiser.
Instead the 6-foot-2, 190-pounder visited with 100 or so golfers as they traversed the course on a sunny afternoon.
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On Saturday, Chalmers signed autographs and posed for pictures at his charity bowling event at Royal Crest Lanes. That event, like Monday’s, raised funds for his Mario V. Chalmers Foundation, which benefits youth initiatives and cancer research.
“My bowling game is better (than my golf game),” Chalmers said with a smile. “I got into bowling because I took a bowling class at KU. I’ve been into it since then.
“They say golf is the money sport, so it’s good to come out here and have a good time, be able to talk to everybody, interact,” he added.
Chalmers said he will be back next year for his 10th annual bowling and golf events.
“It’s our ninth year doing it and we’re still going strong, so we’re going to keep it going. This (turnout) shows the community still loves me. They come out here and support,” Chalmers said.
Chalmers’ three-point bucket forced overtime in KU’s 2008 NCAA title game victory over Memphis. He’s also won two NBA championships with the Miami Heat.
“I try to come back as much as I can and do good events for the community,” he said. “Boys & Girls Club (one of beneficiaries) is what got me started at a young age, somewhere to go and play basketball and stay off the streets. It’s good to reconnect with a program that gave you an opportunity to make a better life for yourself.”
Kansas assistant coach Kurtis Townsend and video coordinator/former Chalmers teammate Jeremy Case played in the scramble golf event, as did KU women’s coach Brandon Schneider.
ESPN: KU wins transfer battle
ESPN.com on Monday declared Kansas the “clear-cut biggest winner of the (transfer) market,” during college basketball’s offseason. The Jayhawks beat out Arizona State, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Oregon and Iowa State, who also picked up transfers.
“Bill Self and the Jayhawks made a splash a year ago in the transfer market, adding Mississippi State transfer Malik Newman. This year the Jayhawks added a trio of productive players: The Lawson brothers (K.J. and Dedric) from Memphis and Charlie Moore, a point guard from Chicago who played his freshman season last year at Cal,” wrote Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello on the website.
“Dedric Lawson averaged 19.2 points and 9.9 boards, is one of the most talented frontcourt players in the country and considered leaving for the NBA draft. His brother, K.J., averaged 12.3 points and 8.1 boards a year ago. Both players, in addition to Moore, who averaged 12.2 points and 3.5 assists at Cal, will sit out this season,” Goodman and Borzello added in their article.
Here’s what they had to say about Iowa State: “Iowa State picked up two graduate transfers that should help immediately in Jeff Beverly, who averaged 15.8 points and 5.9 rebounds at UT-San Antonio, and Hans Brase, who put up 11.5 points and 7.5 rebounds at Princeton in 2014-15 before missing most of the past two seasons with injury. (Coach Steve) Prohm also landed two high-major sit-out transfers: Marial Shayok (Virginia) and Michael Jacobson (Nebraska). Shayok is a versatile and strong perimeter player, while Jacobson averaged 6.2 rebounds last season for the Cornhuskers.”
Robinson decision coming?
Seven-foot McDonald’s All-America center Mitchell Robinson figures to make a decision on his basketball future “very soon, perhaps within the next few days,” Rivals.com’s Eric Bossi wrote Monday.
Robinson, the No. 8-ranked player in the recruiting class of 2017 by Rivals.com, as of 6 p.m., Monday had not commented since completing his recruiting visit to Kansas on Saturday.
Because Robinson recently participated in summer practices with Western Kentucky’s team before being released from his letter of intent, he would have to receive a waiver from the NCAA in order to play for another Division I team without having to sit out a season.
Robinson apparently will either (a.) attend Kansas for a year and see if the NCAA grants him a waiver to play in games; (b.) decide to play overseas or (c.) work out with trainers in preparation for the 2018 NBA Draft. He’s expected to be a lottery pick.
The Jayhawks may wish to add Robinson even if he’s ineligible for participation in games. He could practice with a group of bigs that includes Udoka Azubuike, Billy Preston and Mitch Lightfoot as well as Memphis transfer Dedric Lawson, who will practice this season but not play in games until 2018-19 in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.