After much anticipation, 2017 5-star signee Austin Wiley has been cleared by the SEC and NCAA, and will play in Auburn's next game on Sunday against Mercer.
Wiley has been a member of the Auburn Family for a long time. His mother, Auburn legend Vickie Orr, was an All-American in her time at Auburn. His father Aubrey Wiley, led Auburn and the conference in rebounding in 1993-94.
Now it's Austin's time to shine on the Plains.
"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."
Wiley, who signed with Auburn in November, played his first three seasons at Spain Park High School in Birmingham, before transferring to Conrad Academy in Orlando. During his junior season at Spain Park, the 6-foot-11 center averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds a game.
Pearl said in a statement he was "extremely excited to announce that Austin Wiley has been deemed a qualifier by the NCAA and has been admitted and enrolled in Auburn University. 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.
Pearl added, "I want to thank the SEC, NCAA, President Gogue, Jay Jacobs and all of those in the Auburn administration for all of their due diligence.”
Wiley and the Tigers will take on Mercer at noon CT. in Auburn Arena. The contest can be seen on the SEC Network.