Auburn will be without two of its three best players indefinitely. Center Austin Wiley and forward Danjel Purifoy will sit, beginning with Thursday's exhibition with Division-II Barry, amid their suspected connection with the federal complaint against assistant coach Chuck Person. "To avoid any potential eligibility issues, Auburn Athletics has decided to hold men's basketball players Austin Wiley and Danjel Purifoy out indefinitely," a statement from Auburn athletics read. "Because this is related to an ongoing investigation, we cannot comment further at this time." The decision to sit Wiley, a 6-foot-11 center, and Purifoy, one of Auburn's best shooters, comes more than a month after Person was among 10 people, including four assistant coaches, arrested by the FBI in its investigation of college basketball. Person, who is suspended without pay, is facing six charges involving bribery, fraud and conspiracy and has a preliminary hearing scheduled for next week. According to the federal complaint, Person received $91,500 in bribes, of which he told a federal cooperating witness, former Pittsburgh-based financial advisor Marty Blazer, that he gave $11,000 to the mother of "Player-1" and $7,500 to the mother of "Player-2" and co-defendant Rashan Michel claimed to give $5,000 to the mother of "Player-2." Attempts to reach Vicki Orr, Wiley's mother and a former Auburn women's basketball star, and Waukesha Williams-Blevins, Purifoy's mother, have been unsuccessful.
Auburn basketball's Austin Wiley, Danjel Purifoy out indefinitely amid allegations in federal case
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