Tennessee head coach Donnie Tyndall’s been on a bit of a hot streak in recent weeks when it comes to adding players to the program, and the good fortune continued Tuesday as former IUPUI guard Ian Chiles announced via his Instagram account that he’ll be a Volunteer. Chiles is a graduate transfer, meaning that he’ll be eligible to play immediately and he has one season of eligibility remaining.
Chiles’ decision came one day after he made an unofficial visit to the Tennessee campus, and it’s an area he’s familiar with since his sister played softball at the school from 2004-07.
Chiles, who was also considering Auburn and Maryland, averaged 15.8 points and 3.2 rebounds per game in 25 contests for IUPUI last season. Chiles shot 41.9% from the field and 31.4% from beyond the arc, and he led the Jaguars with a possession percentage of 27.9%. He and forward Mitch Patton were the offensive leaders on a team that won just six games last season, and it should be noted that Chiles have more assistance at Tennessee.
Chiles is the sixth player to join the program since Tyndall was hired, and any concerns that rose with the loss of an entire recruiting class following the departure of Cuonzo Martin have subsided.
Junior college transfers Devon Baulkman and Kevin Punter and freshman Detrick Mostella join Chiles in providing depth to a perimeter rotation that features Josh Richardson and a now-healthy Robert Hubbs III. And in the front court Tennessee has received commitments from incoming freshman Jabari McGhee and FGCU transfer Eric McKnight, with the latter being a graduate transfer who will be eligible immediately.
Just what you wanted to see, a video of former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine throwing an alley-oop off the glass to current Michigan State star Miles Bridges in a Pro-Am in Michigan:
A day after Grayson Allen threw an alley-oop to Trevon Duval for Duke’s entry into the #DriveByDunkChallenge, Kentucky’s team of freshmen decided to do one of their own:
That would be, in order, Johnny David, Jarrod Vanderbilt, Nick Richards, PJ Washington and Kevin Knox abusing some poor sap’s rim somewhere in Lexington.
But was that better than John Calipari’s attempt?
Watching Michigan State’s Miles Bridges throw down high-level dunks in local summer pro-ams has been a good way to pass the time the last few weeks.
The 6-foot-7 Bridges has been annihilating rims all summer as he had more ridiculous dunks on Tuesday night. Playing with former Michigan State star Denzel Valentine and some of his current Spartans teammates, Bridges had more crowd-pleasing plays to add to his summer reel.
Lansing State Journal reporter James Edwards III has been on the scene for Bridges’ games all summer as he has more dunks from the future lottery pick.
Minnesota is keeping a big-time shooter at home as Class of 2018 shooting guard Gabe Kalscheur pledged to the Golden Gophers on Tuesday.
The 6-foot-4 Kalscheur is the third in-state prospect to pledge to head coach Richard Pitino in the Class of 2018 as he joins three-star forward Jarvis Thomas and four-star big man Daniel Oturu. The three-star Kalscheur gives Minnesota a valuable floor spacer and a winner as he’s a three-time state champion at DeLaSalle. All three of these commitments also played together with Howard Pulley in the Nike EYBL.
During this spring and summer in the Nike EYBL, Kalscheur averaged 14.9 points and shot 39 percent from three-point range as he made 61 treys in 21 games.
Pitino has certainly done a nice job of keeping local players home as he’s hoping that trend continues with upcoming in-state five-star prospects like 2018 point guard Tre Jones and 2019 forward Matthew Hurt. The Golden Gophers will have to win national recruiting battles to keep those guys home, but they’ve done a nice job of getting the other guys that they need to keep home.
North Carolina and the NCAA have released additional responses and set the dates for a future hearing on Tuesday amid an investigation into paper classes given by the university’s African-American Studies Department.
The NCAA’s allegations center around UNC’s athletes — most notably members of football, men’s and women’s basketball teams — allegedly being guided to the fake classes in order to keep GPAs high enough to remain eligible. The fake classes typically had a high number of athletes enrolled each semester.
While North Carolina argued in May that this should be a school matter and not an NCAA matter, the NCAA responded to the matter in its belief that it has the right to investigate the classes. North Carolina is facing five top-level charges in the case with lack of institutional control among the charges.
A two-day hearing will be held with the NCAA in Nashville on August 16-17.
“The hearing is the next step in bringing closure to this longstanding issue by allowing us the opportunity to address the Committee on Infractions and present the facts,” said Joel Curran, vice chancellor of University communications. “The NCAA has requested certain individuals from the University attend the proceedings. It is standard practice for the current head coaches of programs referenced in a notice of allegations to attend. Therefore, Coaches Larry Fedora (football), Sylvia Hatchell (women’s basketball) and Roy Williams (men’s basketball) will accompany University representatives to the hearing.”