Leading up the season we are doing a countdown of the Top 100 players in college basketball. These rankings are based on a poll made up of 14 CPP writers. These writers span from UCLA to Seton Hall so there is very little bias. Each day we will release the latest player on our ranking with a small write-up. Be sure to check out the rest of the Top 100 articles!
2016-2017 Stats: 8.8 PPG, 4.7 RPG, 1.4 BPG
Why They Are Here
Wiley was placed at number 100 on the CPP Top 100 list because of his pro-ready body and unexpected athleticism for a big. Wiley has grown an inch since his freshman year and has also added five pounds of muscle. Wiley’s athleticism makes him a tough match-up for a prototypical center which the SEC has plenty of. He is also capable of guarding smaller post players which makes him a force on the defensive end as well. Wiley had a stellar freshman season but it was trial by fire which never really allowed him to settle in and become comfortable with the pace of SEC basketball.
Role on This Year’s Team
Bruce Pearl and the Auburn faithful expect Wiley to make a huge jump this season. Reports have claimed that Wiley is the hardest worker in practices and has also become a vocal leader on the court. As a player who was once ranked first in the state of Alabama coming out of high school, Wiley could be just scratching the surface of his potential. The Hoover, Alabama native will be surrounded by smaller, slashing guards which should get Wiley plenty of post touches and allow him to become the focal point of the offense on the inside.
College Season/NBA Prospects
Wiley currently has little to no draft stock and is not projected to declare for the draft following his sophomore season. However, if he can tap into the potential Bruce Pearl insists he has, a solid sophomore season could put him on the radar for scouts in 2019.
Be sure to check out tomorrow’s Top 100 player.
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