He didn’t get a gold medal in this international tournament, but Auburn basketball star Austin Wiley will still leave Egypt on a winning note.
Wiley fell just shy of his third straight double-double Sunday as Team USA claimed third place in the 2017 FIBA U19 World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. The Alabama native came up with 8 points and 8 rebounds in the Americans’ 96-72 rout of Spain.
Auburn’s highest-rated signee in program history got off to a fast start in the third-place game, putting up half of his total points and rebounds for the game within the first five minutes. He was also a big help defensively, as Spain just scored 8 points in the first quarter.
Wiley, who captained the Americans, finished the tournament with an average of 10.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game. He was the only American to average a double-double across all seven games of the tournament. His 4.7 offensive rebounds per game ranked second in the tournament among all players.
For Wiley, this is the second straight summer with an international medal. The rising sophomore center was part of the United States’ U17 squad that won gold in Zaragoza, Spain, last year. He averaged 8.0 points per game and 6.4 rebounds per game in that tournament.
Heading into his first full season of college basketball, Wiley stepped it up for his country. His play has consistently drawn the praise of national team and Kentucky basketball coach John Calipari.
Wiley will return to the Plains for his sophomore campaign, where he’ll be joined in the front court by true freshman Chuma Okeke — who made the first cut for the United States’ U19 team before an injury. Fortunately for the forward and Auburn coach Bruce Pearl, his knee injury wasn’t serious.