Auburn basketball center Austin Wiley won’t get his hands on gold for the second straight summer, but he can still leave Egypt with a medal.
Wiley and Team USA will wrap up its time at the FIBA U-19 World Cup on Sunday with a bronze medal game against Spain. The Americans dropped a semifinal to Canada on Saturday despite Wiley’s 13 points and 17 rebounds.
Wiley’s 17 rebounds tied a record for the most by an American in a U-19 game.
“It was a tough game,” Wiley said. “They were hitting shots, but I tried to grab every rebound I could for our team. It was just a tough game all-around, because we weren’t hitting shots. We weren’t playing our best defense.”
Wiley, who is captaining the American squad in Egypt, is the only member of John Calipari’s squad to average a double-double in the tournament. Wiley is averaging 10.7 points and 11.3 rebounds in just under 20 minutes of game time.
The rising sophomore will have to bounce back quickly from Saturday’s disappointment against Canada.
“I think we can bounce back [Sunday] to win the bronze,” Wiley said. “This shows that you always have to be alert, play hard at all times and never take anybody lightly.”
Here’s everything you need to know to follow the Auburn basketball center this weekend:
How can I watch the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
What time is Team USA’s game against Spain?
The game will tip off at noon ET.
How does the 2017 FIBA World Cup work?
After three pool-play games for each team, all 16 countries were seeded according to those results. What followed was a round of 16 on Wednesday, quarterfinals on Friday, semifinals on Saturday, and gold-medal and bronze-medal games on Sunday.
Does Austin Wiley have previous international experience?
Yes. Wiley helped the United States’ U-17 team snag gold at the world championship in the summer of 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain.