Austin Wiley

Austin Wiley Returning To Auburn

Sophomore big man Austin Wiley will return to Auburn for the 2018/19 season after initially entering the NBA draft without an agent, he tells Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports (Twitter link).

Wiley, who averaged 8.8 PPG and 4.7 RPG for the Tigers in his freshman year back in 2016/17, didn’t play at all during his sophomore season. Auburn initially opted to sit Wiley out due to concerns about a link to former associate head coach Chuck Person, who was being investigated by the FBI, and he was eventually ruled ineligible for 2017/18. However, he should be cleared to return next season.

Despite not having played in a game for over a year, Wiley earned a spot on Jonathan Givony’s big board at, ranking as the No. 81 prospect in this year’s draft class. The young center will look to boost his stock next season and will have another chance to declare for the draft as an early entrant in 2019.

As ESPN’s Jeff Goodman observes (via Twitter), Wiley is one of several dominoes to fall for the Tigers. Jared Harper and Bryce Brown are also testing the draft waters, but are likely to withdraw before Wednesday’s deadline. It’s not clear what Mustapha Heron‘s plans are — he voiced his intent to sign with an agent nearly two months ago, but has yet to actually hire representation, per Goodman.

Draft Updates: Hogg, Dorn, Wiley, Jogela

Texas A&M forward D.J. Hogg will enter the 2018 NBA draft and will sign with an agent, a source tells Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports (Twitter link). The move will see Hogg, who is coming off his junior season, forgo his final year of NCAA eligibility to go pro.

The 66th-ranked prospect on Jonathan Givony’s current big board at, Hogg averaged 11.1 PPG and 5.3 RPG for the Aggies in 2017/18. He also bumped up his shooting percentages a little, knocking down 41.0% of his attempts from the field, including 37.8% of his three-pointers.

Here are a few more draft-related notes:

  • NC State junior guard Torin Dorn has decided to test the draft waters without hiring an agent, sources tell ESPN’s Jeff Goodman (Twitter link). Dorn is coming off a solid season with the Wolfpack in which he averaged 13.9 PPG and 6.3 RPG with a .531 FG%.
  • Auburn center Austin Wiley will become the third Tigers underclassmen to enter his name in the 2018 NBA draft pool, announcing today that he’ll test the waters without an agent (Twitter link). Wiley didn’t play at all during his sophomore season, with Auburn opting to sit him out due to concerns about a link to former associate head coach Chuck Person, who was being investigated by the FBI. Wiley joins Jared Harper as Auburn players testing the waters, while teammate Mustapha Heron is going pro.
  • Lithuanian forward Matas Jogela has entered the draft, agent Tadas Bulotas informed Jonathan Givony of ESPN. Jogela currently ranks eighth on ESPN’s list of 1998-born international prospects. “I have three more years to get a chance in the NBA draft,” Jogela told Givony. “I feel like it is about time to get my name out there. It wasn’t really a hard decision, I have a chance to still take my name out this year and next.”
  • Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders published an updated version of his mock draft today, headed by the usual duo of Deandre Ayton and Luka Doncic.