5-Star Hoops Prospect Wiley Picks Auburn

Austin Wiley has chosen Coach Bruce Pearl's Auburn Tigers for his college destination.

Austin Wiley (above) is shown with his mother, Vickie, and his father, Aubrey.

One of the nation’s top basketball prosects for the 2017 signee class, Austin Wiley, announced on Saturday that he will play for Coach Bruce Pearl’s Auburn Tigers.

The five-star center from Spain Park High School in Birmingham committed while on an unofficial visit to Auburn where he has been a regular visitor.

The six-foot-ten Wiley has a strong Auburn connection. His mother, Vickie Orr, was an All-American center for the basketball Tigers. His father, Aubrey Wiley, was a standout center for the basketball Tigers.

"I am proud to say I will be furthering my education and basketball career at Auburn, War Eagle," he said.

“It seemed the perfect day to do it," he told Inside the Auburn Tigers. "It is a football game weekend and a lot of people are here. I just felt like it was time to do it.”

Austin Wiley chooses the Auburn Tigers.

Wiley selected the Tigers over Alabama, Duke, Florida, Kansas, LSU, Mississippi State, UAB and many other offers.

"It’s just the right fit," Wiley said about his decision. "Everything was just perfect. It was just time."

He attended Auburn's basketball version of Big Cat Weekend in August and came away impressed with his interaction with the AU coaching staff.

"One big thing is that they also checked in on me during my surgery," he said. "That meant a lot to me. I’m not saying those are the only schools that did that, but those are the schools that I liked and I could see myself playing there.”

Wiley's commitment continues Pearl's recruiting momentum that includes class of 2016 verbal commitments from five-star Mustapha Heron and four-star Jared Harper, prospects who are in Auburn this weekend for official visits.

“It’s big,” said Wiley, who is ranked as the No. 5 center prospect in the nation for the 2017 signee class as well as the No. 1 prospect in the state of Alabama. “It’s good to see the program go back up to where it used to be and not just be a walkover team in the SEC where it’s pretty much just a game. It’s really good to see.

“Before Coach Pearl got there the fans were there and I’m not going to say they were hopeless, but it wasn’t where they wanted the program to be. Now Coach Pearl has brought back energy to the building.”

Pearl is in his second season as head coach of the Tigers.

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