Auburn "Second Home" For 2017 Standout

Austin Wiley

2017 big man Austin Wiley talks about his experience at Auburn's camp and gives his thoughts on the Tigers.

Birmingham, Ala.--The son of former Auburn basketball stars Aubrey Wiley and Vickie Orr, talented sophomore big man Austin Wiley was one of the top players at Sunday’s Elite Camp, the first day for Bruce Pearl to be able to interact with recruits. Getting a chance to show his skills and also to meet with the energetic first-year coach, Wiley said it was a great day for him.

“It was very enjoyable,” the 6-10, 230 Wiley said. “I love Auburn. It’s like a second home to me. I was raised around here because both of my parents went here.

“It was really good,” he added. “I met with him that morning. He’s real enthusiastic about the game and really wants to turn the program around. I’m excited to see the growth of the program to the top again.”

One of the reasons Wiley is so pumped about Auburn at the moment is because family friend Chuck Person is back on the Plains and one of the coaches on Pearl’s staff. Also building a relationship with assistant Tony Jones, Wiley said he likes the direction the program is heading early on.

“I have been around Coach Person my whole life,” Wiley said. “That’s like my family. I knew Coach Jones already as well because I went on a visit this summer in June. The coaching staff really thinks they are going to win.

“(Having Person back) really shows they really care about the tradition of the program,” he added. “They’re not just hiring a coach that will win them games, they really care about the tradition. They’re trying to keep it Auburn.”

Currently with eight offers, Wiley said everybody is equal at the moment. With still three years left to play high school basketball the big center has plenty of time before he has to make a decision, but he admits there’s something about Auburn for him.

“It will impact things a good bit for me,” Wiley said. “If I was just going to school I would be going to Auburn. It has a real home vibe for me.”

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