Auburn, Ala.--A pair of Auburn basketball players will participate in tryouts for Team USA's Under 19 team that will compete at the FIBA World Championships from July 1-9 in Cairo, Egypt.
Austin Wiley, who will be a sophomore center for the Tigers during the 2017-18 season, was a member of the Under 18 squad last year that won a gold medal in Spain.
His new teammate, forward Chuma Okeke, has also received an invitation to the tryouts set for June 18-25 in Colorado Springs, Colo.
“It’s an incredible honor to be given the opportunity to represent your country in international basketball,” said Auburn's head coach, Bruce Pearl. “Austin has experienced this before and he has come home with gold and the experience of a lifetime.
“I want to thank the U.S. Olympic Committee, Jerry Colangelo, Matt Painter and the selection committee for identifying Chuma Okeke," Pearl said. "These invites are typically for McDonald All-American-type players only, but the committee saw through it and they recognized what a truly outstanding player he is.”
Okeke, a four-star signee out of Westlake High School in Atlanta, is coming off an outstanding senior year in which he was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Georgia. As a junior he was a key performer as Westlake won a state championship. Okeke averaged 24.4 points, 15 rebounds and 3.1 assists as a senior.
Austin Wiley is shown in a victory over Alabama.
Wiley averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks during the 2016-17 season for the Tigers. He averaged 18.1 minutes while starting 21 of 22 games after joining the team as an early enrollee who skipped his senior season of high school hoops.