News on the Terrapin transfer front Thursday from ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles has visited Auburn, and is looking at Maryland, Tennessee, South Florida and Western Kentucky.
— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) April 24, 2014
We mentioned Chiles as a possibility a few weeks ago and it appears Maryland will have a shot at his services.
Chiles (6'1", 200 pounds) averaged 15.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.5 assists last season at IUPUI -- a team that went 6-26 overall and 1-13 in the The Summit League. He shot 41.9% from the field and 31.4% from three. Chiles also didn't turn over the ball much, with less than two a game and a 10.5 TOV% (turnover percentage, or turnovers per 100 plays). As a comparison, Seth Allen led Maryland guards with 12.2 TOV%.
After transferring to IUPUI from Wabash Valley Junior College, the Louisville native made his conference's All Newcomer team as a sophomore- averaging 10.5 points, 1.7 assists and 3.3 rebounds while shooting 45.1% from the field and 41.5% from three. He only played four games as a junior, earning a medical red shirt.
Chiles will be graduating from IUPUI, so wherever he goes he'll be eligible immediately and for one season, which is exactly the kind of player Maryland is looking for. A veteran guard would be a great addition to a talented Terrapin basketball roster that'll be relying quite a bit on freshmen. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, as freshmen turn out to be impact players regularly throughout college basketball, but adding some seasoning into the mix will help.
A graduate transfer like Chiles would also provide much needed guard depth. As it stands, the only two players on the roster capable of running the point will be Seth Allen (who we all know is probably better suited as a two-guard) and incoming 4/5-star freshman Melo Trimble. While he doesn't seem to be a "pure point" in the sense that he's racked up assists in his career*, Chiles could eat up minutes, not turn the ball over, score and facilitate enough to prevent someone like Dez Wells to yet again play out of position at the one. In my mind Maryland probably can't do much better for a late addition than Chiles.
* I wouldn't worry much about the assist numbers. He played on a very, very bad IUPUI team and didn't have many players around to convert on passes.
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Looking at his numbers on Hoop-Math also gives some insights into his tendencies. Of his 356 shot attempts last season, Chiles's most common was a two-point jumper (taking 141 of them), but he also has no problem getting to the rim (110) or shooting from three (105). His 55.5% success rate from shots at the rim would have ranked eighth on the Terps last season (just above Roddy Peters), but his 39.6% mark on two-point jumpers would have ranked second on the team, behind Shaquille Cleare (small sample size alert).