Austin Wiley declares for NBA Draft, will not hire agent

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Austin Wiley (50) Auburn men’s basketball vs Alabama on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 in Auburn, Ala. Photo by Wade Rackley/Auburn Athletics

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — After being suspened for the 2017-18 season, Auburn center Austin Wiley has declared for the NBA Draft he announced via Twitter Tuesday. 

“First off I would like to thank God, my family, teammates, my coaches and everybody that has helped me get to this moment,” Wiley said in a statement sent through his Twitter account. “Being in the NBA has been a dream of mine since I was a little kid. I would like to announce that I will enter my name into the 2018 NBA Draft. I wil not sign with an agent to keep my NCAA eligibility.” 

Wiley retaining his eligibility by not signing with an agent means he has until June 11th at 4:00 p.m. Central time to remove his name from Draft boards. The NBA Draft is June 21st. The NBA Draft Combine is May 16-20th in Chicago. 

“In spite of all that we went though this season, Austin is still in a great position to accomplish all of his goals,” Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl said in a statement released by the school. “I think as much as any player in the country who is testing the waters, Austin has the greatest chance to move up in the draft. He’s in great physical condition and has worked extremely hard. He wil be impressive at the Combine.” 

After spending three years at Spain Park High School, Wiley moved on to Conrad Academy in Orlando for a semester before joining Auburn for the last half of the 2016-17 season. When the FBI indictments came down in August of 2017, Auburn held Wiley out of competition before he was considered suspended for the season by the NCAA. 

In his 23 games at Auburn, Wiley averaged 8.8 points with 4.7 rebounds and 1.4 blocks per game. He was also a member of the 2016 FIBA Men’s U17 World Champion Team USA squad. 

Wiley joins teammates Mustapha Heron and Jared Harper as players from The Plains to put their name in the NBA Draft. 

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