If someone was going to stop Auburn’s Austin Wiley, it wasn’t going to be a player on Angola’s national team.
The 6-foot-11 center dominated on Sunday, recording his first double-double of the 2017 FIBA World Cup in the United States’ 109-68 blowout. After scoring 13 points and grabbing 12 rebounds in the first half, Wiley finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds in 20-plus minutes of play.
Along with a standout stat line, Wiley ran the floor, sank free throws and kept showing how valuable he’ll be to the Auburn Tigers during his second college season on the Plains.
Until then, it’s the perfect time for the rising sophomore to be hitting his stride, as FIBA play is really just beginning. The U.S. will take on Italy in its final pool play game Tuesday before continuing on in Cairo, Egypt.
Here’s everything you need to know to follow Wiley:
How can I watch the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
What time are the remaining USA games in the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
Tuesday, July 4 at 10 a.m. ET vs. Italy
* Times and matchups are TBA for games July 5-9. They’ll be set after pool play.
How does the 2017 FIBA World Cup work?
After three pool-play games for each team, all 16 countries will be seeded according to those results. What follows is a round of 16 on July 5, quarterfinals on July 7, semifinals on July 8, and gold- and bronze-medal and gold-medal games on July 9. The United States, ranked No. 1 in the world, is gunning for its third consecutive U19 gold medal after winning in 2013 and 2015.
Does Austin Wiley have previous international experience?
Yes. Wiley helped the United States’ U17 team snag gold at the world championship in the summer of 2016 in Zaragoza, Spain.