AUBURN, Ala. — Austin Wiley generated lots of excitement as the United States took bronze at the 2017 FIBA World Cup, but the Auburn basketball sophomore won’t be playing during his next foreign adventure.
Wiley suffered a stress fracture in his left leg and will be out 4-6 weeks, according to a Monday morning statement from Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl.
The 6-foot-11, 260-pound center suffered the injury in the quarterfinals in Cairo, Egypt against Germany and continued playing. Wiley finished with 19 point sand 10 rebounds in 22 minutes against the Germans.
“You know how tough and committed a young man is when he plays through the pain of a stress fracture,” said Pearl. “He was receiving treatment while in Egypt, but had no way of knowing the extent of his injury. Doctors say it is in a good spot for healing, and he will be fine.”
And Wiley didn’t stop there. He totaled 13 points and snagged 27 rebounds in 29 minutes as Team USA fell to Canada in the semifinal before dropping in 8 points and grabbing 8 rebounds in 20 minutes in the bronze medal game against Spain.
While shooting 50 percent from the field, Wiley was the only American to average a double-double. At the end of the FIBA World Cup, Wiley had averaged 10.3 points and 10.9 rebounds in 19.9 minutes per game to help Team USA finish 6-1.
Though Wiley’s injury won’t require surgery, it does mean that the star underclassman will miss out on the action when Auburn travels to Italy for its foreign trip in early August.
Pearl has been vocal about building around Wiley the Alabama native’s second year on the Plains. Construction for the 2017 season, however, will be put off for the next few weeks.