Auburn basketball commit Austin Wiley, ranked as the No. 17 player in the Class of 2017 by ESPN.com, has transferred to Conrad Academy in Orlando, he confirmed to USA TODAY High School Sports.
Wiley, a 6-10 power forward, had previously indicated his plans to leave Spain Park High (Hoover, Ala.) for a prep school in Florida. He averaged 22 points and 12 rebounds last season for Spain Park, which reached the state 7A finals.
“I’m going to miss all the people at Spain Park and the school,” Wiley told USA TODAY High School Sports last week at Elite 24 in Brooklyn. “But it was just a choice for furthering my education and furthering my basketball talent. I just had to get better as a player and a person, so that’s why I made the move.”
Wiley had 22 points and 12 rebounds, the only player in the Elite 24 game with a double-double. In the process, he earned a share of the MVP award.
Conrad is coached by Shawn Wiseman, who led United Faith Christian Academy to a pair of North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association 1A state titles in 2009 and ’10.
Wiley also was on Team USA’s gold medal winners at the U17 world championships.
“I feel like I got better,” he said. “It was hard competition. I just got better as a player.”