Class of 2016 five-star shooting guard Mustapha Heron, out of Connecticut’s Sacred Heart High School, has committed to Auburn University. A source confirmed Heron’s decision to Scott Phillips of NBC Sports’ College Basketball Talk.
This is a huge get for Auburn, as head coach Bruce Pearl has been tasked with turning around a program that has not been to the NCAA Tournament since 2003, back when Cliff Ellis was head coach. Heron is a strong scoring guard who attacks the basket and has great size for his position at 6-foot-5, 200 pounds. Once he improves his jump shot, he could be a potentially deadly scorer on the NCAA level.
Heron now joins Atlanta point man Jared Harper and power forward Anfernee McLemore in Auburn’s 2016 recruiting class. It should also be noted that at one point, Heron was committed to Jamie Dixon and the Pittsburgh Panthers. He had also drawn interest from Vanderbilt.
Needless to say, Auburn appears to be taking a unique shape under Pearl and should be a team to watch in a year when Heron steps on the court.
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