Auburn’s Austin Wiley will be an important player as the United States attempts to take down Germany in the U-19 FIBA quarterfinals on Friday.
In some ways, the Germans will be one of the more evenly-matched opponents the Americans will face during international play. Both teams shoot similar percentages from the field and free throw line, but the USA should have a few distinct advantages.
One of those is rebounding, a category Wiley has been leading the U.S. team in (10.3 per game) since arriving in Cairo, Egypt. Despite being well-matched physically on paper, the Americans should be able to outrebound the Germans — particularly on the offensive end.
If Wiley and the U.S. team can manage a victory before the weekend, they’ll see either France or Canada in the semifinals on Saturday. Below are some of Wiley’s stats from the first four FIBA games over the last week.
Here’s everything you need to know to follow Wiley as he pursues another international gold medal:
How can I watch the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
What time does the USA play in the FIBA U19 quarterfinals of the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
Friday at 3:15 p.m. ET vs. Germany
*The winner of this game will face France or Canada in the semifinals on Saturday before the Sunday finals.
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.