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Jones could reunite with Wiley, join No. 1 class

Hale County (Moundville, Ala.) four-star guard Herb Jones is one of Auburn's top targets in 2017. (Jeffrey Lee/AuburnSports.com)

AUBURN | Herb Jones and Austin Wiley are former AAU teammates, and the two basketball standouts could reunite on the hardwood in college.

Jones, from Hale County High School, and Wiley, who recently transferred from Spain Park to Conrad Academy in Orlando, talked about the opportunity over the weekend while on official visits to Auburn.

“We played on the same team from fifth grade to seventh or eighth grade,” Jones said. “We have known each other for a long time, so the visit was like a reunion for us.”

Wiley didn’t need to be recruited during his visit. The five-star center made his decision a year ago to follow in the footsteps of his parents, Vickie Orr and Aubrey Wiley, both former players at Auburn.

The younger Wiley instead helped recruit Jones to Auburn.

“Me and Austin were around each other so much during the visit that Austin was like the assistant,” Jones said. “T.J. Dunans was my host and I also spent a lot of time with Horace Spencer, but Austin was there with me almost the entire time.”

Jones, who is ranked the No. 90 player in the 2017 class, was making his fifth visit to Auburn. He and Wiley were two of four official visitors in Auburn over the weekend. The two other official visitors were Rivals150 guard Davion Mitchell and Rivals150 forward Chuma Okeke, both of whom also are committed to Auburn and - along with Wiley -make up the No. 1-ranked recruiting class in the country.

Austin Wiley and Herb Jones spent a lot of time together at Auburn over the weekend. (Jeffrey Lee/AuburnSports.com)

“They wanted me to join them at Auburn,” Jones said. “They said we could really build something special.”

Auburn coach Bruce Pearl reiterated the potential impact of the class during conversations with Jones throughout the weekend.

“Coach Pearl was telling me about the guys I would come in with, and that we could really do something special,” Jones said. “He really has Auburn going in the right direction, especially with this 2017 class.”

Jones is considering being a part of the top-ranked class. He’s narrowed his list of offers to four: Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Florida. Jones visited Georgia on Aug. 26-28, and will visit Florida on Friday followed by a visit to Alabama on Sept. 30.

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