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Austin Wiley Injured (OP Updated 11/8/18)

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Source: Austin Wiley expected to play against Washington

By Brandon Marcello
 

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn center Austin Wiley is expected to play in a nationally-ranked showdown with Washington on Friday, a source familiar with the situation told Auburn Undercover on Wednesday.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl confirmed Thursday the former 5-star prospect participated in a "contact" practice Wednesday, adding that there is a "chance" he will be available for the 8:30 p.m. tipoff between No. 11 Auburn (1-0) and No. 25 Washington (1-0) inside Auburn Arena.

Wiley (foot sprain) looked "pretty good" in practice Wednesday, Pearl said.

“We’ll just see how he does the next couple of days with a little bit more pounding and see if all of his symptoms are gone," Pearl said.

Should WIley return, it will be his first competitive action since he did so with the USA U19 World Cup team in the summer of 2017. He sat out the 2017-18 season due to an FBI investigation involving former assistant Chuck Person, but the center is eligible this season. Wiley injured his lower left leg in a practice in early October and had not participated in a full practice for one month.

“If he’s available, he’ll play," Pearl said. "He clearly would come off the bench. He won’t be on a heavy minute restriction or otherwise he wouldn’t be out there.”

No. 11 Auburn (1-0) played with only eight scholarship players Tuesday in its 101-58 clobbering of South Alabama in the Tigers' first season opener as a ranked team since 1999.

The 6-foot-11, 260-pound Wiley would be a huge addition to the frontcourt for the Tigers, who host a big Washington front line on Friday. Washington utilizes a zone defense, and Wiley could prove to be a zone buster in the paint.

“I think his return would be big, but not for this game," Pearl said. "He could be a factor in there offensively against their zone. Absolutely. How much would you expect from him? If I had him for a couple of weeks (practicing) and we had him out there, he could be a big factor in the middle of that zone on the offensive end. But with such short time with him getting ready, I won’t play him if he’s not ready to play. So I don’t think it will be a restricted minutes thing. If he’s ready, he’s ready. If he’s not, he’s not.”

Wiley was the program's second 5-star signee in school history, but hasn't played since the 2016-17 season after an FBI investigation forced him to sit out his second season on campus. He averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2016-17. He reclassified after being expected to be a 2017-18 signee and arrived at Auburn in late December 2016 as the nation’s No. 24 player, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings.

"It would just be great to have Austin back," Auburn guard Jared Harper said Tuesday. "Just how he sat out last year. He's been fighting to get back. He battled a couple of injuries. I know he's going to be ready when his name is called."

Wiley played on the international level when he was named the team captain of the 2017 USA U19 World Cup team. Wiley was the only American and one of just seven players to average a double-double in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo, Egypt with 10.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as the United States took home the bronze medal in the summer of 2017.

Wiley tested the NBA waters and participated in the NBA Draft Combine in the spring, but decided to return to Auburn. Pearl believed Wiley would have been picked in the second round of the NBA Draft had he left Auburn in the spring.

 

 

 

Catching wind that Austin Wiley broke his foot. Details will soon come. 

when posting stuff like this always include a link. If you can't wait to post till you have one. Thanks

 

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Update 11/8/18

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44 minutes ago, logan adams said:

Catching wind that Austin Wiley broke his foot. Details will soon come. 

Where getting this from? I haven't seen anything

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Bruce reported as saying hte injury isn't serious. So that's nice. Guessing he'll be ready to go by opening night. At worse miss a few games

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3 minutes ago, Auburn Kev said:

Another Greg Oden?

at least oden did not get hurt till the NBA. Was a monster his 1 year at ohio state.

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AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn center Austin Wiley suffered a foot injury recently in practice and will soon be evaluated by doctors.

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl doesn't expect the injury to be serious, but added the center has yet to be evaluated by a specialist.

The former 5-star signee has worn a protective boot over his left lower leg all week. Wiley has not participated in practices this week and will miss Auburn's Pro Day workouts this afternoon.

"We notified all the NBA clubs yesterday afternoon that Austin would not work out today," Pearl said. "It’s precautionary. He had a foot injury. We’re going to see the specialist on Saturday before the Tennessee football game and we don’t think it’s serious. I don’t want to say it'll be a week or two or three (recovery) on it because even though I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, I’m not a doctor and a doctor has to look at it.

"Everybody else is healthy. We’re excited about Pro Day. We’re excited 26-27 NBA teams are here to watch our kids."

Auburn's first exhibition game is set for Nov. 2 against Lincoln Memorial.

Wiley tested the NBA Draft waters in the offseason after sitting out the 2017-18 season. He missed Auburn's first ever pro day last year, making Thursday his second straight year to not be able to work out in front of NBA scouts in October. He did receive an invite and worked out in front of teams at the NBA Combine in the spring.

“I’m really excited to have a chance to coach Austin again this season,” Pearl said in a statement when Wiley returned to Auburn. “He has a chance to be one of the most dominant big men in college basketball this season. He’s such a great kid and a hard worker. All of his dreams for greatness at Auburn and beyond are still alive and well. I also want to thank the Auburn Family for their patience and the support of Austin and his family during this past season.”

Wiley averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman. He reclassified and arrived at Auburn in late December 2016 as a 5-star center and the nation’s No. 24 player, according to the 247Sports Composite rankings. He is the second player in Auburn history to be ranked a 5-star talent. He sat out the 2017-18 season due to an FBI investigation involving former assistant coach Chuck Person.

Wiley played on the international level when he was named the team captain of the 2017 USA U19 World Cup team. Wiley was the only American and one of just seven players to average a double-double in the FIBA World Cup in Cairo, Egypt with 10.3 points and 10.9 rebounds per game as the United States took home the bronze medal in the summer of 2017.

Auburn won the program's third SEC title in the regular season despite playing without Wiley and guard Daniel Purifoy. The Tigers won 26 games, the second-most in program history, and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in March.

 

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5 hours ago, logan adams said:

Catching wind that Austin Wiley broke his foot. Details will soon come. 

when posting stuff like this always include a link. If you can't wait to post till you have one. Thanks

 

Some nice reporting by you Logan- I was skeptical because I didn’t want it to be true. AU basketball is in fact cursed 

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15 minutes ago, tigerbrotha12 said:

Some nice reporting by you Logan- I was skeptical because I didn’t want it to be true. AU basketball is in fact cursed 

*Auburn sports is in fact cursed.

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25 minutes ago, tigerbrotha12 said:

Some nice reporting by you Logan- I was skeptical because I didn’t want it to be true. AU basketball is in fact cursed 

Thanks. I heard before anything was reported online. Thus I couldn't post a link. Softened the blow to report early.

Regardless, this injury should not be keeping him out all season. We survived, and thrived, even without him last season. He should return mid-season.

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3 minutes ago, logan adams said:

 

Thanks. I heard before anything was reported online. Thus I couldn't post a link. Softened the blow to report early.

Regardless, this injury should not be keeping him out all season. We survived, and thrived, even without him last season. He should return mid-season.

That's about right.  We were complaining about DP sitting out part of season, now we have to wait for both.  I am tired of waiting.  My patience to see these 2 monsters on the floor with this collective team wore out a long time ago. 

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Holiday inn Express, gotta love Bruce Pearl. Here we are all waiting on basketball season and now this. Sigh...

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11 hours ago, logan adams said:

 

Thanks. I heard before anything was reported online. Thus I couldn't post a link. Softened the blow to report early.

Regardless, this injury should not be keeping him out all season. We survived, and thrived, even without him last season. He should return mid-season.

mid season? For real? That's still too long

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11 hours ago, logan adams said:

Regardless, this injury should not be keeping him out all season. We survived, and thrived, even without him last season. He should return mid-season.

Geez. I hope not. Make it sooner. 

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13 hours ago, logan adams said:

I heard before anything was reported online. Thus I couldn't post a link.

FFR In that case you have to at least provide where you got the info from so it's not a rumor which is against AUF policy. Otherwise wait til reports surface.

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Depending on the extent of the injury, a broken foot is not necessarily something that will keep Wiley sidelined for a long time. They can heal in as early as 3 weeks up to around 8 weeks. We’ve already got a week under our belts, let’s see what happens before we get too up in arms. Still 4 weeks to go before the first exhibition game. 

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It seems like he is very susceptible to foot injuries. What is this the third time he has had some type of foot injury?

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1 hour ago, AuburnNTexas said:

It seems like he is very susceptible to foot injuries. What is this the third time he has had some type of foot injury?

tall guys and foot injuries....not a good mix

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