AUBURN, AL (WBRC) - Former Spain Park basketball player Austin Wiley is ready to begin his college career earlier than most.
The Auburn men's basketball team received an early Christmas present Friday when the NCAA cleared Wiley to be an early qualifier and allowed him to enroll into college early and be eligible to play immediately for head coach Bruce Pearl and the Tigers.
"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. 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. 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," Pearl said Friday afternoon.
The 6'11" Wiley attended Conrad Prep School in Orlando, FL and graduated from high school recently, opening the door for this plan to be implemented.
"It feels great. I feel really blessed right now. 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," said Wiley.