Ian Chiles, a Terps basketball transfer target, commits to Tennessee

Another transfer target for the Maryland men’s basketball team is headed to the Southeastern Conference, as former IUPUI guard Ian Chiles committed to Tennessee on a visit this week.

Chiles posted the following picture on Twitter, and news of his decision was later confirmed by multiple news outlets:

A high-volume scorer with one season of immediate eligibility left as a fifth-year graduate student, Chiles would have helped the Terrapins fill the void left by guard Seth Allen, who recently announced his decision to transfer to Virginia Tech. Coach Mark Turgeon and his staff want an experienced piece to add back-court depth, particularly behind incoming freshman point guard Melo Trimble.

But this week, Hawaii’s Keith Shamburger committed to Missouri and Chiles headed to the Volunteers, a Sweet 16 team this past season.

On Sunday and Monday, Maryland hosted North Carolina A&T transfer Richaud Pack, another scoring guard who could play immediately. According to reports, Pack is also considering Texas A&M, Turgeon’s former school, and a source said a decision is expected either late this weekend or early next week.

On June 2, the Terps will welcome a five-man recruiting class that includes Trimble, shooting guard Dion Wiley and swingman Jared Nickens. After a mass exodus this offseason, losing Allen, Nick Faust and Roddy Peters, they only have one scholarship guard (Dez Wells) and one scholarship swingman (Jake Layman) left.

Forced to shoulder a high offensive load for a bad IUPUI team this past season, Chiles shot 41.9 percent from the floor and scored 15.8 points per game with a nearly one-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio, but averaged less than one point per possession, according to statistics from analyst Ken Pomeroy.

Alex Prewitt covers the Washington Capitals. Follow him on Twitter @alex_prewitt or email him at alex.prewitt@washpost.com.
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Alex Prewitt · May 13, 2014