As Americans are recovering from their Fourth of July celebrations, Austin Wiley and the rest of the USA’s Under-19 FIBA team are gearing up for more World Cup play.
Team USA will face off against Mali today in Cairo, Egypt in the round of 16.
So far in international play, Wiley has been hard to slow down. The Auburn basketball center is the only U.S. player averaging a double-double through the first three games, showing he’s more than deserving to be named team captain.
Though Wiley was limited by fouls in the team’s opening game, he scored 5 points and snagged 8 rebounds against Iran. He followed that performance with a 16-point, 16-rebound game before closing out pool play by dropping in 9 points and grabbing 14 boards in the win over Italy.
Today Wiley will try to add to his 10.0 points and 12.7 rebounds per game averages.
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?
Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. ET vs. Mali
* 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 Wednesday, quarterfinals on Friday, semifinals on Saturday, and gold-medal and bronze-medal games on Sunday. The United States, ranked No. 1 in the world, is gunning for its third consecutive U-19 gold medal after winning in 2013 and 2015.
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.