AUBURN, Ala. — After leading in points and rebounds in a 20-point win against rival Alabama on Saturday afternoon, Auburn center Austin Wiley is the SEC’s Freshman of the Week.
The conference gave Wiley the honor on Monday morning for his 19-point, 9-rebound performance in an 84-64 victory against Alabama. Wiley also recorded 10 points and 6 rebounds in a 78-74 win against LSU last week.
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Wiley, the son of former Auburn basketball standouts Vickie Orr and Aubrey Wiley, went 11 of 18 from the free-throw line in his first rivalry matchup against Alabama.
“I really just wanted to beat (Alabama) for real, though,” Wiley said. “I grew up in the rivalry, and it was a hyped game, really hyped coming into it. Just wanted to continue the legacy and beat Alabama. We played a great game (Saturday).”
Fifteen of Wiley’s 19 points against Alabama came in the second half, when the Tigers turned a game that was tied at halftime into a 20-point rout.
“I don’t really think about how I performed,” Wiley said. “As long as we got the win, I just do whatever I need to do for my team to win. That’s pretty much how I look at it.”
Wiley now has played in 10 games this season, starting 9 of them, after becoming a midseason enrollee. He was the second 5-star signee in Auburn basketball history, following current true-freshman teammate Mustapha Heron.
“Over the last week or two now that we have had him, he knows what we do,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said. “Let’s start doing some stuff that’s best for him and take advantage of him. That’s what we’re doing, he’s getting good touches, he’s getting in deep, and he wants the ball.”
Wiley averages 8.6 points per game, and he’s shooting a team-high 55.8 percent from the field.
Auburn hits the road this week to take on South Carolina on Tuesday before traveling to TCU in the SEC-Big 12 Challenge on Saturday.