It didn’t take Auburn basketball standout Austin Wiley much time to record his first double-double during the FIBA U19 World Cup on Sunday morning.
The sophomore center totaled 16 points and as many rebounds, helping the United States move past Angola 109-68 with ease.
Unlike in the previous win over Iran, during which Wiley picked up a couple of fouls early, most of Wiley’s work was done in the first half. Wiley snagged 12 rebounds and added 13 of his points in the initial 20 minutes of play.
Wiley led the team in rebounds ahead of Georgia Tech guard Josh Okogie (10) and had the second-highest point total behind Okogie (17).
The 6-foot-11 center continues to demonstrate how seriously he’s taking the offseason. Wiley got to the free-throw line a team-high 12 times, sinking 8 of his attempts. In two World Cup games, he’s connected on 64 percent of his tries (9 for 14), a significant improvement from what he shot overall as a freshman during the 2016-17 season (49 percent).
In Team USA’s opener vs. Iran, Wiley finished with 8 rebounds, 5 points and one of the highest plus-minus ratings (+33) — though he played only 15 minutes.
The United States is off on Monday before playing its final Group D game against Italy on Tuesday, July 4.
After that, teams will be seeded according to their pool-play game results. A round of 16, quarterfinals, semifinals and finals will follow.
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