Wiley to make Much-Anticipated Debut Sunday
Freshman Center Austin Wiley (Photo: Auburn Athletics)
Auburn Basketball fans’ anticipation of freshman Austin Wiley’s debut is no more. The Auburn Basketball legacy from Spain Park High School in Hoover is set to take the floor on Sunday against Mercer. Wiley signed his national letter of intent on November 9th, the same day as Chuma Okeke and Davion Mitchell, which rounded out the nation’s #2 signing class for 2017. With Wiley graduating from High School this December, he is eligible to join the team midseason. According to Head Coach Bruce Pearl, Wiley’s commitment was a no-brainer. “His mom, Vickie (Orr), was an All-American. His dad, Aubrey (Wiley), led the SEC in rebounding his senior year. Both of them are part of the Auburn Family, but Austin could’ve gone anywhere in the country. He had offers from everywhere, but he wanted to be an Auburn Man.” According to an earlier press release from the Auburn Sports Information Department, “Wiley, who is ranked 13th nationally by Scout, 16th by Rivals and 17th by 247Sports, played on Team USA’s gold medal winner at the U17 world championships in Spain this summer. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds as a junior last season for Spain Park, which reached the state Class 7A finals.” Wiley's height (6'11) is expected to aid Auburn in rebounding efforts, as well as cut down on their turnover percentage. Auburn Basketball faces Mercer on Sunday at 12 P.M. inside Auburn Arena. This game will mark the end of a two-game homestand, and will be the final home game before conference play begins on December 29. In their last game, Auburn tied a SEC record by draining 21 three-point shots, on it’s way to a 117-72 win over Coastal Carolina.