IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles heading to Tennessee

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

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Donnie Tyndall continues to make an impact on the recruiting trail at Tennessee.

On Tuesday, the new Volunteers' coach landed a commitment from IUPUI transfer Ian Chiles.

Chiles announced the decision on his Instagram account and later confirmed it via text message.

"I chose Tennessee because of the opportunity to obtain my Masters degree in a counseling program," Chiles told CBSSports.com. "Also, the opportunity for me to come in and make a big impact on a team ready to make big moves in the SEC, as well as around the nation."

Chiles, a 6-foot-1 guard, will be eligible immediately for Tennessee, choosing the Volunteers over Maryland and Auburn. He averaged 15.8 points last season for IUPUI.

"The ties I had to Tennessee were also a major part in my decision, with my sister, India Chiles, being the first SEC Player of the Year for their softball program," he said. "They took so good care of her down there that I know I'm in good. Assistant coach Chris Shumate played with my brother at Murray [State] and I've been knowing him for at least 10 years. And I just felt comfortable with the staff as a whole."

That's now six players that Tyndall has added since arriving in Knoxville. Chiles joins junior college transfers Kevin Punter and Devon Baulkman, along with prep school prospects Detrick Mostella and Jabari McGhee. On Monday, the Volunteers added another immediately-eligible transfer, former Florida Gulf Coast big man Eric McKnight.

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