Austin Wiley (above, left). Davion Mitchell (center) and Chuma Okeke (right) are all highly-regarded prospects.
Auburn, Ala.--After signing a Top 20 rated recruiting class following his first full season at Auburn Tigers, Coach Bruce Pearl and his staff have put together an even higher ranked group for the class of 2017.
With the Tigers picking up 6-10 center Austin Wiley, 6-8 forward Chuma Okeke and 6-1 point guard Davion Mitchell for the early signing period that began on Wednesday, the group is currently ranked as Scout.com’s No. 2 overall class behind only the Arizona Wildcats.
Davion Mitchell is an athletic point guard.
Auburn’s 2016 class featured five-star guard Mustapha Heron, the nation’s No. 25 overall rated prospect by Scout.com, along with four-star point guard Jared Harper and three-star forward Anfernee McLemore. Scout ranked that group No. 19 nationally.
Heron and Harper are expected to be in the starting lineup for Auburn’s 2016-17 season opener on Friday night vs. North Florida and McLemore is expected to be a key contributor, too.
Wiley is the highest rated member of Auburn’s 2017 class. He is ranked as the No. 13 overall prospect in the country and the No. 6 center. The 240-pound five-star recruit played for Spain Park High in Hoover as a junior and is currently attending Conrad Academy in Orlando, Fla., after playing this summer for Team USA’s Under 17 world championship squad.
“I feel like the program is coming up and Bruce Pearl is a great coach who knows how to win,” said Wiley, whose parents are former standout basketball players at Auburn. His mother, Vickie Orr, was a three-time All-American and his dad, Aubrey Wiley, was a starting center for the Tigers.
Mitchell, who led Liberty County High of Hinesville, Ga., to a state championship last season, is rated as the No. 37 prospect in Scout’s Top 100 listing and No. 11 among the point guards.
“I really like Auburn and Coach Pearl,” said the four-star prospect who chose the Tigers over Louisville, Georgia, Florida, UConn, Tennessee and others.
Okeke, another four-star recruit, chose Auburn over FSU, Georgia, Kansas and others. “I really like the campus and the coaching staff at Auburn,” the forward said.
Scout’s director of basketball recruiting, Evan Daniels, has been impressed by what Pearl and his staff have been doing. “This is a versatile class that includes impact players at three different positions,” he said.
"Overall this is a terrific group for Bruce Pearl and his staff. This class fill needs, but most importantly gives them difference makers at each position," Daniels added.
The Tigers are already off to a big start for the 2018 class with a commitment from six-foot-nine, five-star power forward E.J. Montgomery from Wheeler High in Marietta, Ga.