Austin Wiley was limited by a couple of fouls early on in the Americans’ first FIBA U19 World Cup game on Saturday afternoon, but still contributed in the opening win.
The Auburn basketball sophomore helped Team USA dominate Iran 108-48, adding 8 rebounds and 5 points. Wiley’s rebound total was second behind UNLV’s Brandon McCoy (10) and his plus-minus rating (+33) was also tied for second on the team.
Of course, this isn’t anything new for Wiley. When the 6-foot-11 center hasn’t been riding camels or sightseeing in Egypt, he’s been showing why he earned so much praise at the USA training camp in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Wiley scored 15 points in an initial friendly, added 9 points and 7 rebounds in an exhibition win over France on Thursday and looks primed for more big things through the Americans’ games ahead.
Here’s everything you need to know to follow Wiley in Egypt:
How can I watch the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
What time are the remaining USA games in the 2017 FIBA World Cup?
Sunday, July 2 at 12:15 p.m. ET vs. Angola
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, 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.