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.
In late March, IUPUI guard Ian Chiles announced his intention to end his career elsewhere. The 6-foot-1 guard has immediate eligibility under the graduate transfer rule, and coupled with his 15.8 points per game in 2013-2014, he is one of the top available transfers.
He has previously visited Auburn, and within the next two weeks he’ll be making trips to two schools desperately looking to add to their respective rosters, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of ESPN.com.
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Chiles will visit Tennessee this upcoming week before heading to Maryland, Goodman tweeted on Saturday night. Since the season ended, both programs have dealt with a wave of departures. On Friday, Maryland sophomore guard Seth Allen became the fourth member to transfer this spring. Donnie Tyndall, the first-year Volunteers head coach, will have plenty of scholarships to hand out, releasing all four Tennessee commits from their National Letters of Intent last week. The Volunteers also lost Jarnell Stokes, who declared for the 2014 NBA Draft.
Tennessee has only one player in its incoming class, landing three-star forward Jabari McGhee.
The addition of Chiles would be key for a Maryland back court that will also be without Nick Faust and Roddy Peters next season. Chiles, an experienced, fifth-year senior, would take the pressure off incoming guard Melo Trimble, a four-star recruit.
CBT lists Chiles as the third best available transfer.
A new fifth-year graduate transfer was announced on Saturday that should draw significant recruiting attention.
According to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman, IUPUI 6-foot-1 senior guard Ian Chiles is on the transfer market, and after two full seasons of double-figure scoring for the Jaguars, the Louisville native be a hot name with his immediate eligibility and ability to score.
Chiles averaged 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds, 1.5 assists and one steal per game last season for IUPUI. The senior spent his freshman season at Wabash Valley Junior College before making All-Newcomer Team honors in the Summit League his sophomore season.
Chiles only played four games in his junior season and redshirted due to injury and still has one year of eligibility left after his senior year this season.
IUPUI will reportedly hire Memphis assistant coach Jason Gardner as their next head coach, as was reported by Goodman yesterday, but Chiles will look for a fresh start elsewhere.