Austin Wiley, the 6-11 senior center from Spain Park, has decided to transfer to a prep school in Florida to finish out his high school basketball career, Wiley’s mother, Vickie Orr Wiley told AL.com earlier today.
Wiley is currently committed to Auburn, and helped lead Spain Park to the AHSAA Class 7A semifinals last year before falling to Central-Phenix City 63-61 in overtime last season.
“Trust me, it was not an easy decision,” Vickie Wiley told AL.com. “Austin is a kid who loved Spain Park and his teammates. At some point, for him to stay on this path, we as a family saw a need to help him step up and do the right things so he can be successful.”
Wiley has stayed busy this summer, playing on the USA Basketball U17 team in Spain where they won the championship, and competing on the North all-star team where he scored 30 points with 15 rebounds as they defeated the South 84-73.
He now heads into a final year where he can focus on basketball by heading to a school that will help him focus on basketball. Many top players are beginning to flock to various academies that help them prepare for the next level. In football, IMG Academy has been at the center of controversy surrounding players leaving their normal high school to play there. In basketball, Monteverde in Florida has been in the limelight, after Ben Simmons, who played there, was the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft.