Austin Wiley 2018 NBA Draft Scouting Report
WEIGHT: 255 POUNDS
PROJECTED DRAFT POSITION: LATE 1ST ROUND TO EARLY 2ND ROUND
Austin Wiley was expected to have a breakout sophomore season. The former 5-star recruit was considered to be a huge building block to revive Auburn’s basketball program. Wiley had a solid freshman year. He averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. Unfortunately, the Tigers coaching staff got caught up in a major bribery scandal. Wiley has been ruled ineligible for this season. The reasons given were “receiving extra benefits and agent related activity”. We don’t know if this is true or not but it definitely hurts the development of the talented Wiley.
We had to go back to last year and re-evaluate the 6’11” center. The big-man has big time strength. He already has the physical traits necessary to battle against grown men. He is a bruiser who loves contact and physical play. While the NBA is trending towards having more athletic centers, there will always be a spot for a player who likes to bang.
Austin Wiley should translate into being a very solid rebounder at the next level. While not a great athlete, he will survive in the league because he plays very hard and has the size and strength that every NBA team can use.
Since he is missing crucial player development time, we are projecting Austin Wiley into what he can possibly become at the NBA level. As a freshman he showed signs of being a really good shot-blocker. Rebounding, shot-blocking, and defending the paint will be his calling card as a professional.
Once the big-man gets his hands on the ball around the basket, he is scoring. He finishes with authority. He will need to develop a few low-post moves. We would have liked to see him develop those moves during this year so hopefully he is working on his low post game on an every day basis. His shooting is a work in progress. Not seeing him perform during this season has made our player evaluation difficult.
There is a injury history with the young center as he already has had multiple knee surgeries. He will need to check out ok medically if there is any chance of a team picking him late in the first round.
As previously mentioned, Austin Wiley is very tough evaluation at this stage since he isn’t out on the court playing. What we do know is that he will be drafted based on his defensive abilities alone. Does that make him worthy of being a first round selection in the 2018 NBA Draft? That is too early to say. However, he will battle down low and rebound. That alone should make him part of an NBA rotation in time.
PRO’S AND CON’S OF WILEY’S OVERALL GAME
Can finish around the basket
Will rebound at the NBA level
Already has NBA strength and toughness
Has had multiple knee surgeries
Offensive game needs improvement
Not a great athlete
BELOW ARE HIGHLIGHTS OF AUSTIN WILEY (2016-17 SEASON)
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