With two scholarships to spare, the Maryland men’s basketball team has begun looking at transfer targets to round out its roster for the 2014-15 season. According to ESPN.com’s Jeff Goodman, a fifth-year graduate student guard from IUPUI has entered the mix.
IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles has visited Auburn, and is looking at Maryland, Tennessee, South Florida and Western Kentucky.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 24, 2014
A high-volume scorer, Chiles led the Jaguars with 15.8 points per game last season, shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 31.4 percent on three-pointers. He averaged only 1.8 assists per game, however, while shooting over 14 times per game. Due to injury, Chiles played just four games in 2012-13 but averaged 10.5 points and 1.7 assists per game his freshman season. After a 6-26 season, IUPUI fired Coach Todd Howard and hired former Memphis assistant Jason Gardner.
Chiles would be eligible immediately. The Terps have combed the transfer wire in recent seasons, bringing Logan Aronhalt, Evan Smotrycz, Dez Wells and Jonathan Graham into the fold from other schools. As a reminder, Maryland’s current scholarship situation looks as follows:
>> According to InsideMDSports, Turgeon and assistants Dustin Clark and Bino Ranson recently conducted an in-home visit with Ohio forward Esa Ahmad. Ahmad was initially discovered by Clark and has since seen his recruitment explode, drawing offers from West Virginia, Indiana, Miami and UNLV, among others per 247sports. The hometown school, Ohio State, has yet to offer. Ahmad is rated a four-star prospect by 247sports and the third-best player in his state.
After meeting with Ahmad, the three-man staff — currently missing one assistant coach to replace Scott Spinelli — jetted off to visit Diamond Stone, a source with knowledge of the situation said. Considered a long shot for the Terps by recruiting analysts, Stone is the second-ranked center in the class of 2015 and a five-star prospect from Wisconsin, according to 247sports. He holds offers from, among others, Duke, Marquette, UCLA, Wisconsin, Arizona, Connecticut and Indiana, in addition to Maryland.
An NCAA-mandated quiet recruiting period began Thursday and will extend through July 5, though an open evaluation period takes place this weekend.
>> It is expected that new director of basketball operations Cliff Warren will be able to recruit this weekend during the evaluation period, so long as the Terps have not yet hired their third assistant coach With Ranson interviewing for the Coppin State head job on Monday, Turgeon may find himself with two assistant spots to fill as summer dawns.