Chalmers to stay in NBA draft, KU announces

Kansas junior guard Mario Chalmers will stay in this month’s NBA draft, KU coach Bill Self announced in a statement Sunday.

Chalmers will join junior Brandon Rush and sophomore Darrell Arthur as KU underclassmen expected to be picked in the first round.

“Mario informed us of his position to stay in the draft today,” Self said. “Even though this was official, we anticipated this back in April when he declared without an agent. We are excited for Mario’s prospects. From what we have gathered, his stock has climbed. We wish Mario the very best, and we will anxiously be waiting to see where all of our guys will be drafted.”

Chalmers, chosen the Most Outstanding Player of the Final Four after tying the national championship game at Memphis with a three-pointer at the buzzer, will have his jersey retired at Kansas.