Wiley, Okeke Accept Invites to USA Basketball U19 World Training Camp
Austin Wiley, Coach Bruce Pearl, Chuma Okeke (Photo: Auburn Athletics)
Two of Auburn Basketball’s rising stars have the opportunity to compete on a national stage. Rising sophomore Austin Wiley and incoming freshman Chuma Okeke have accepted an invitation from USA Basketball to participate in the U19 World Training Camp. Wiley and Okeke are two of 25 athletes that have accepted an invitation that was issued by the USA Basketball Men’s Junior National Team Committee and will participate in the camp June 18-25 in Colorado Springs, Colorado at the United States Olympic Training Center. For Wiley, this will be the second time that the Hoover native has competed with a national team. He was a member of the FIBA U17 team that won a gold medal in Zaragoza, Spain in 2016. In his first year at Auburn, Wiley averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 18.1 minutes. “It’s an incredible honor to be given the opportunity to represent your country in international basketball,” said Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl in the official press release. “Austin has experienced this before, and he has come home with gold and the experience of a lifetime.” Chuma Okeke is an incoming freshman from Westlake High School in College Park, Georgia. His accolades include being named a third-team All-American by MaxPreps last season and was the #41 ranked prospect in the 2017 recruiting class. The 2017 FIBA U19 World Championships will take place July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt. The USA U19 team has won two consecutive gold medals in this event.