Just days after Keith Shamburger announced his commitment to Missouri, another Maryland transfer target has pledged to an SEC school. IUPUI guard Ian Chiles will transfer to Tennessee, the guard announced on his Twitter account.
Chiles will be eligible to play his final season immediately upon graduating from IUPUI. Listed at 6'1" and 200 pounds, Chiles averaged at least 10 points per game in each of his three years with the Jaguars. This past season, the guard averaged a career-high 15.8 points per game, shooting 41.9% from the floor with 3.2 rebounds per game, 1.8 assists and 1.9 turnovers.
The advanced stats paint a different picture -- Chiles's offensive rating in 2013-14 was 91.4, which would have been good for second-to-last among Maryland's scholarship players (ahead of Damonte Dodd but behind Jonathan Graham). That's in part due to his incredibly high shot rate (he ranked 52nd in the nation by taking 31.4% of his team's shots while he's on the floor) and poor three-point shooting (making just 33 of his 105 attempts).
Chiles was much more efficient as a freshman, when he had a smaller role in the offense, and it's not unreasonable to think he can bounce back and have a better year in a bigger program.
It's not a terrible loss for Maryland, however -- North Carolina A&T guard Richaud Pack is a more efficient version of the same kind of player (similar scoring load with an ORTG of 118.6, which would have led the Terps last season by a significant margin). He reportedly visited campus this weekend, and is now the only Maryland transfer target with any traction behind his name, but other potential options may emerge soon.