Austin Wiley (above) scores on a dunk on Wednesday night on the campus of Alabama State University.
Montgomery, Ala.--It didn’t take Austin Wiley long at the Alabama High Athletic Association School All-Star Basketball Game to show it was going to be a long night for the guys trying to guard him.
The six-foot-ten Auburn commitment from Spain Park High in Birmingham rattled the rim with an early dunk to set the tone as he earned Most Valuable Player honors for the North team in its 84-73 victory.
Playing 23 minutes the five-star center made 14-18 field goals on the way to a game-high 30 points. He pulled down a game-high 15 rebounds, including 11 defensive boards.
Wiley said the game and the all-star week experience was a positive one. Asked what he enjoyed most, he said, “Just meeting new people and getting to showcase my talents in front of all of these people. It was just a fun game.”
Although he enjoyed a big height advantage, he noted he has respect for the way the South all-stars fought to keep the game close before falling by 11 points at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome. “They competed hard and still made it tough for me,” he said.
Commenting on the all-star week as a whole, he said, “It was fun. We competed in practice. I got to meet people and got to know my teammates better.”
Austin Wiley poses with his MVP award in Montgomery at the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.
Prior to playing in Montgomery, the class of 2017 prospect played for Team USA’s 17-and-under squad which won the world championship while playing in Zaragoza, Spain.
“It was a great experience,” he said. “I got to see new things, I got to meet new people, I got a gold medal.”
Playing and practicing with top high school players from around the country and then going against national teams provided plenty of competition for Wiley. “I think it made my game better,” he said. “The practices helped me going against the best players in the world. It made a better player and person.”
He said the adventure of traveling overseas for the first time was memorable. Asked what his favorite part of the trip to Spain was outside of basketball, he said, “The day after the final game our flight got delayed and we got to stay in Barcelona for the night, and we got to go to the beach. Zargoza was fun, but Barcelona was a little better.”
Next on the schedule is some rest time for the big man before he competes in the Elite 24 prospect camp in August. After that it is back to school at Spain Park High.