- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 14, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Willie Carmichael is the latest former Southern Mississippi signee to follow Tennessee coach Donnie Tyndall to the Volunteers.

Carmichael, a 6-foot-8 forward from Wekiva High School in Apopka, Florida, initially signed with Southern Mississippi when Tyndall was coaching the Golden Eagles. Carmichael was granted a release from his letter of intent after Tyndall took over Tennessee’s program. Tennessee announced Wednesday that Carmichael had signed with the Vols.

Willie Carmichael is my type of front-line guy,” Tyndall said in a university release announcing the signing. “He’s tough, athletic and hard-playing. As he gets stronger, he will have a greater and greater impact on our team - both defensively and as a rebounder.”

Tennessee also officially announced Wednesday that former IUPUI guard Ian Chiles had signed an institutional aid agreement to play for Tennessee in the 2014-15 season as a graduate transfer. Chiles, a 6-1 guard, had said Tuesday that he planned to enroll at Tennessee for his final year of eligibility.

Carmichael’s addition comes one day after Tennessee announced the addition of junior-college guard Devon Baulkman, who also initially signed to play for Tyndall at Southern Mississippi. Tennessee’s recruiting class also includes forward Jabari McGhee, guard Detrick Mostella and junior-college guard Kevin Punter.

Chiles averaged 15.8 points per game at IUPUI this past season to lead his team and rank third in the Summit League. Chiles is the younger brother of India Chiles, a former star outfielder for Tennessee’s softball team. India Chiles lettered for the Lady Vols from 2004-07.

Ian brings a strong, physical and experienced lead guard to our team,” Tyndall said. “He’s a guy who can create for himself off the dribble and also get to the paint and make his teammates better as a playmaker. With his experience at the Division I level, he’ll have an opportunity to come in and provide leadership from Day One.”

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