HOMETOWN: Chicago, IL (Washington HS), Chipola Community College)
Juco transfer Little commits to Kansas, 10/8/2007
Little, 6-5, 210 from Chicago’s Washington High, is averaging 19.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.2 assists for 4-0 Chipola. He chose KU over Illinois and Kansas State.
“Mario played inside most of his high school career and his first year at junior college,” Self said. “He is a legitimate 2-3 (shooting guard/small forward). He’s a good shooter, excellent scorer. He can beat you off the bounce. He brings an element of toughness I think the team will need. The twins do as well. Getting three guys out of Chicago and Philadelphia will definitely bring an element of toughness to our ballclub.”
Little is the first juco player signed by Self at KU. He coached a juco player in Jeff Graves, who was signed by Roy Williams.
“That was one of our biggest selling points,” Self said of playing time for a player who will enter as a junior.
“He has an opportunity to come in and impact us immediately in large part due to the number of people we will be losing this year. All three guys ... look for them to have an immediate impact.
Signee Little key for KU, KUSports.com, 4/30/2008
More than a little gifted, September 24, 2008