UK Hoops Signs Chiles
Adam Chiles, a 6-1 guard from Ballard High School in Louisville, Ky., has signed a national letter of intent to play college basketball at Kentucky, Coach Tubby Smith announced today.
Chiles led the Bruins in scoring this past season, averaging 16.1 points per game while playing only 23 minutes per game. He also chipped in 4.5 rebounds, 5.1 assists and 3.1 steals per contest as Ballard was ranked No. 1 in the state for most of the season and as high as third nationally by USA Today.
"We're happy to have Adam join our UK family," Smith said. "He's an outstanding young man who's had an outstanding scholastic career at one of the premier high school programs in the country."
Chiles shot 54.0 percent from the field and 38.0 percent from three-point range in leading the Bruins to a 32-2 record and the regional finals this past season. As a junior, he averaged 14.1 points per game as Ballard advanced to the region semifinals. In his sophomore campaign, Chiles was a key reserve, averaging 8.5 points per game as the Bruins captured the 1999 Sweet 16 Championship. In the three seasons with Chiles on the roster, Ballard owned a 90-13 record.
"He's a real tough young man with great leadership skills, qualities that will greatly benefit our program," Smith added.
Chiles, who played for Coach Chris Renner at Ballard, lettered all three seasons, scoring 1,293 career points, which ranks 12th on the school's all-time list. As a senior, he was a first-team All-State selection by both the Louisville Courier-Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader and a second-team pick by The Associated Press. He also earned all-tournament team honors at the King of the Bluegrass, the Beach Ball Classic and the Louisville Invitational.
Chiles, the first student-athlete from Ballard High School to sign with the Wildcats, joins Bowling Green's Josh Carrier, Oak Hill's (Va.) Rashaad Carruth and Modesto (Calif.) Christian's Chuck Hayes in Kentucky's 2001-02 freshman class.
Smith Statement on Stone
Coach Tubby Smith has issued the following statement concerning Marvin Stone's public intoxication charge issued last weekend in Lexington:
"Marvin was already under suspension from the team due to
academic reasons. He will remain on suspension and his status will be
reviewed at the end of the school year."