Former Morgan State University star center Ian Chiles is currently a member of the Washington Wizards’ roster for the 2014 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, according to the university.
At 7-feet, 2-inches and 260 pounds, Chiles is the tallest player on the Wizards’ summer roster. However, there are two other players at the center position that are listed above him on the depth chart, which could cut into his potential playing time during the summer season.
The Wizards played their first game of the summer season on July 12, crushing the Atlanta Hawks, 90-74. Chiles, however, was the only player on the 14-man roster who didn’t get any playing time, a move listed as a “coach’s decision.” Former University of Kentucky center Daniel Orton (6-feet, 10-inches, 256 pounds) got the start at center over Chiles and finished with four points, eight rebounds and three steals in 17 minutes of play. Former Georgia Tech center Daniel Miller (6-feet, 11-inches, 275 pounds) came off the bench and scored four points in 12 minutes of action.
According to Morgan State Sports Information Director Leonard Haynes, Chiles was one of only two players in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) to finish in the top 10 in conference scoring, rebounding and blocked shots with 15.6 points per game, 6.5 rebounds per game and 3.0 blocks per game. His balance of solid offensive and defensive skills should help him see time on the court eventually this summer.
The Wizards have two more games during the short summer season; they face the Minnesota Timberwolves on July 13 at 10:30 p.m. and the Miami Heat on July 15 at 6:30 p.m.