Austin Wiley has visited Auburn numerous times and the AU basketball commitment said that he used his official visit to continue to build relationships with the coaching staff and his future teammates as well as do some recruiting for the Tigers.
“I had a great time,” the five-star center said. “I came in Friday and I really enjoy the people at Auburn.”
Wiley was one of four prospects on official visits to spend time with Coach Bruce Pearl. The group included fellow commitments Davion Mitchell, a point guard from Liberty County High in Georgia, and forward Chuma Okeke from Westlake High in Atlanta along with uncommitted six-foot-six Herb Jones from Hale County High.
Wiley, Mitchell and Okeke plan to sign with the Tigers in the early period in November.
Austin Wiley (left), Davion Mitchell (center) and Chuma Okeke (right) are why AU's recruiting class is ranked No. 1 nationally by Scout.com.
Asked what he talked about over the weekend with Pearl, Wiley said, “Mostly we talked about school and the importance of keep working on my game. We talked about Herb (prospect Herb Jones) and getting him to Auburn because we really want him. We have conversations all the time so it was the normal stuff.”
Jones, a six-foot-six guard/forward who said he had an enjoyable visit to Auburn, noted that Wiley did a good job of trying to convince him to join Pearl’s program. Wiley said he hopes that happens. “He is a great player. Not everybody can do what he can at his height so we really want him.”
Wiley, who is currently 6-10 1/2, 250 pounds, has made a move to Conrad Academy in Orlando for his senior year of high school after previously attending Spain Park High in Birmingham.
“Last week was my first week there,” he said. “It is a good school and it will help keep me grounded and keep my head on straight. It is a new adventure. I am going to try to get better as a player and a person.”
Asked about the possibility of graduating in December and then enrolling at Auburn to play for the Tigers during the 2016-17 season, Wiley said, “I think I am going to do the whole year there and come to Auburn in the summer.”
Wiley has followed his impressive junior with strong performances in the summer. He was MVP in leading the North team to a victory in the Alabama High School Athletic Association All-Star Game. He also won a gold medal playing for Team USA at the Under17 World Championships in Spain.
The center pointed out that his current basketball focus is on improving his individual skills. “I am going to work on my body, my footwork, my post moves and my 15-foot jumper,” he said.