How does Ian Chiles, the latest in a flurry of Tennessee basketball recruits, fit into new coach Donnie Tyndall’s mix?
For starters, Tyndall has no worries about the point guard position if freshman recruit Detrick Mostella doesn’t make it through the NCAA Clearinghouse. Tennessee coaches aren’t too concerned about that, but just in case, Childs, who will graduate from IUPUI with a year of eligibility remaining and can play next season for the Vols, is a combo guard who has the game to be a facilitator.
Like fellow Tennessee recruit Kevin Punter, Chiles is a bit of a throwback in that he chooses to do the majority of his damage in the midrange. While rated just an average jump shooter by Synergy Sports, which tracks every possession, Chiles is rated very good on runners and good around the basket (excluding post-ups).
Synergy also rates Chiles in the very good category in short (17 feet or less) jumpers. Chiles, at least at the level he’s played apreviously, the Summit League, was hard to keep out of the lane, where he can seek his own shot or pass back out to an open teammate.
Last season, his fourth at IUPUI after taking a medical redshirt year, Chiles was solid against upper-tier competition. He scored 19 points, to go along with seven rebounds, two assists, three blocked shots and a steal, against Northwestern, 12 against Missouri and 21 against Marquette.
Competition will be stiff in Tennessee’s backcourt. In just three weeks on the job, Tyndall and his staff have signed four guards to go along with holdovers Josh Richardson, Armani Moore and Robert Hubbs.
Tennessee still has three scholarships available and is recruiting 6-7 high school senior Willie Carmichael, who originally signed with Southern Miss, and 6-10 high school senior Tariq Owens, who originally signed with Ohio. Between junior college transfers, fifth-year seniors who are immediately eligible, and players who signed with other schools last November, the Tennessee staff has quickly restocked a roster that had been depleted by graduation, early entry to the NBA, the departure of freshman A.J. Davis and Darius Thompson and the release of four players signed in the fall.
Tyndall has been quoted as saying he might hold onto a scholarship in case a transfer pops up, or he could hold onto it for the class of 2015.