While current two-time in a row NBA Champions Miami Heat prepare for a pre-season game against Charlotte Bobcats, the eyes were clearly on reigning MVP and current best basketball player in the world, LeBron James.
But being in Kansas city, the Kansas Jayhawks fans might love one Heat player more than LeBron.
Miami Heat's starting point guard, Mario Chalmers, was playing for the Kansas University for three years, and went out as one of the best players in program history.
The Jayhawks also retired his no. 15 jersey. Chalmers is best known for hitting a game-tying three pointer over Derrick Rose's hand with two seconds left on a shot clock in a Championship College game against Memphis Tigers in 2008.
The Jayhawks later beat the Tigers in the overtime.
There is no doubt Chalmers was a big thing and one of the stars while playing for Kansas but it seems that the new star of the school arrived this fall.
Andrew Wiggins, a no.1 ranked high school player last year, is getting a lot of attention in terms of college basketball even before he play a single second of college game.
He is predicted to be 2014 NBA first draft pick, but before that, there is a season of College basketball ahead of him, and he wants to bring the title back to Kansas.
Wiggins can relate to both, LeBron and Chalmers. He can relate to LeBron , because he might be the first player who graduated from high school to get so much media attention, and it is considered for Wiggins to be the next LeBron.
The King gave some advice to 18-year-old, in terms how to deal with everything surrounding him.
“Just try to be the best student and the best teammate and the best player you can be every day,” James told Rock Chalk Blog.
“Don’t try to prove anything to no one. Obviously, his future is bright, but you can’t live today and worry about the future. You got to live in the present. The only thing he should concentrate on is being a great student and being a great basketball player for his team and everything else will take care of itself.”
Since Wiggins will be playing for Kansas, there will certainly be a lot of pressure every game, as Kansas fans always demand a win every night. And there might not be better person to ask about what to do in order to give his best for the school. The point guard's advice was simple: “Just have fun,” said Chalmers.
We can really look forward seeing Wiggins on the floor soon for his first official college game, and of course, we can also expect big things from him in the upcoming years in the NBA.
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