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Five-star recruit enrolls at Auburn, is immediately eligible

Bruce Pearl

Bruce Pearl


Bruce Pearl won’t be waiting until next season for his top 2017 recruit to make an impact.

Austin Wiley, a top-20 prospect in his class, has enrolled at Auburn and will be immediately eligible, the school announced Friday.

“I am extremely excited to announce that Austin Wiley has been deemed a qualifier by the NCAA and has been admitted and enrolled in Auburn University,” Pearl said in a statement. “He will compete for Auburn starting against Mercer on Sunday. We look forward to having Austin be a part of and play for the Auburn Tigers just as his parents did.”

Wiley, a 6-foot-11, 255-pound forward, is the son of a pair of former Auburn basketball players. His mother was an All-American and his father led the SEC in rebounding in 1994.

“It feels great. I feel really blessed right now,” Wiley said in a statement. “My hard work and dedication has paid off. Thanks to my parents and the coaches. I feel great. I grew up around here listening to stories my mom and dad would tell me about the Auburn family. This is a blessing, and it seems like everything works out for the best. It feels like destiny.”

The Tigers are currently 9-2, and, following Sunday’s game against Mercer, have contests against Oklahoma and Connecticut before starting conference play.