AUSTIN WILEY (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Big Man On Campus: Five-Star Austin Wiley Cleared To Play Immediately For Auburn Tigers

Five-star center Austin Wiley has been cleared and is eligible to play immediately for the Auburn Tigers this season.

Auburn, Ala.--On a basketball team that needs help with rebounding, help is on the way with the early arrival of class of 2017 Auburn five-star signee Austin Wiley.

A 6-11, 255-pound center, Wiley has graduated early from high school and is eligible to play immediately for the Tigers after getting cleared on Friday.

“I am extremely excited to announce that Austin Wiley has been deemed a qualifier by the NCAA and has been admitted and enrolled in Auburn University," Coach Bruce Pearl said. "He will compete for Auburn starting against Mercer on Sunday.

"We look forward to having Austin be a part of and play for the Auburn Tigers just as his parents did," Pearl said. "I want to thank the SEC, NCAA, President (Jay) Gogue, Jay Jacobs and all of those in the Auburn administration for all of their due diligence.”

A five-star recruit from Birmingham, who played at Spain Park High as a junior, Wiley was attending Conrad Academy in Orlando, Fla., when he finished the academic work needed to enroll at Auburn. Wiley averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds per game as a junior.

The son of former Auburn players Vickie Orr and Aubrey Wiley, the incoming freshman said he's excited about his opportunity.

“It feels great," Wiley said. "I feel really blessed right now. My hard work and dedication has paid off. Thanks to my parents and the coaches. I feel great. I grew up around here listening to stories my mom and dad would tell me. This is a blessing, and it seems like everything works out for the best. It feels like destiny.”

He is expected to make an immediate impact for the Tigers when they take the court against Mercer on Sunday at noon. With center Horace Spencer suspended for the Coastal Carolina game and still not practicing with the team, Wiley is expected to work into the playing rotation at center along with LaRon Smith and freshman Anfernee McLemore.

Evan Daniels, who is director of basketball scouting for Scout.com, said the Tigers are adding an impressive young center. “Austin Wiley is a big, physical and strong post player that can make an immediate impact at Auburn,” Daniels said. “Wiley is an impressive rebounder and rim protector.

“Offensively, he's continued to get better, as he's developed a hook and is very aggressive when he gets the ball close to the rim. Wiley is one of the elite post players in the 2017 class.”

Wiley played this past summer for Team USA at the Under 17 World Championships in Spain for a squad that won the gold medal. Also this summer he was the MVP at the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s North-South All-Star Game.

AUSTIN WILEY AND CHUCK PERSON (PHOTO BY JASON CALDWELL)

Austin Wiley getting  is shown being coached up Chuck Person during Friday's practice

He is the son of three-time All-American basketball player Vickie Orr, who played at Auburn, as did his father, Aubrey Wiley, who led the SEC in rebounding.

Coach Bruce Pearl said getting an early commitment from Wiley helped the Tigers land a highly-regarded 2017 signee class.

“It started with Austin Wiley, about a year and a half ago , committing to us prior to his junior year,” Pearl said. “You might say that was a no brainer. His mom, Vickie, was an All-American. His dad, Aubrey, led the SEC in rebounding his senior year. Both of them are part of the Auburn Family, but Austin could’ve gone anywhere in the country. He had offers from everywhere, but he wanted to be an Auburn man.

 “More importantly, he wanted to start to lead even before he got here,” Pearl said. “He knew that his verbal commitment might attract others. All he’s done between then and now is work so hard to build his body to represent our country in international basketball and wear that USA jersey. Now, he’s going to come here and add to the history and legacy of his family.”

Auburn, which is off to a 7-2 start, is averaging 36.9 rebounds per game, 3.4 less than its opponents.

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