Almario Vernard "Mario" Chalmers is an American professional basketball player for the Miami Heat of the NBA. Chalmers began his college career on the bench behind guard Jeff Hawkins. He finished the season starting 21 of the final 22 games. He became the second freshman in Big 12 history to win Conference Player of the Week honors and was named National Freshman of the Week twice. In the Big 12 Coaches Awards, Chalmers was named Co-Defensive Player of the Year with Marcus Dove of Oklahoma State. In the junior year, Chalmers helped his team win the 2008 NCAA Championship with a three-point shot with 2.1 seconds left in the final game. Chalmers was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament. After working out for 13 teams, Chalmers was drafted with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2008 NBA draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. On November 5, 2008, Chalmers set a new Miami Heat team record for steals with 9 in just his fourth game in the NBA. On December 9, 2011, Chalmers officially re-signed with the Heat on a 3 year, $12 million deal. He recorded 29 points in a triple-overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on January 5, 2012. In Game 5 of the NBA Finals, Chalmers recorded 10 points in 34 minutes of play as the Heat won the 2012 NBA championship. It was Chalmers' first NBA title.