5-Star Commitment Heron Likes Auburn's Vibe

Mustapha Heron tells Inside the Auburn Tigers/AUTigers.com why he is going to play college basketball at Auburn.

Five-star recruit Mustapha Heron says his decision to play college basketball for the Auburn Tigers is a good one for multiple reasons.

On Sunday the five-star prospect from Waterbury, Conn., ended his recruiting and told Inside the Auburn Tigers that he will sign with Coach Bruce Pearl’s Tigers in November.

“I have been watching Coach Pearl since he was at Tennessee and he does a great job of developing guys, especially his wing players,” Heron says. “He lets them run, get out and play, be comfortable and have fun.”

Heron, who took an unofficial visit to Auburn this weekend, says he really liked the AU campus and the people he met.

“I just found a vibe at Auburn that I hadn’t found at any other campus,” he says. “I have been to Marquette and I have been to Alabama, but it’s great at Auburn and I got this gut feeling that Auburn is the right place for me.

“Talking to Coach Pearl and Coach (Chuck) Person, they have a plan for me on how they are going to help me get better and take my game to a higher level,” says the six-foot-five recruit, who is rated as Scout.com’s number three small forward prospect in the 2016 signee class.

Heron, who can play the two-guard spot, notes that he believes he will fit in well with Pearl’s team. “I got to hang out with the guys and see the campus,” he says. “I met the strength and conditioning coaches and I met some of the players and I like them. They say everybody sticks together and that is a big thing.”

A player who averaged 22 points and seven rebounds for his high school team, he also performs well in the classroom. “Of course, I am going to get my degree,” says Heron, who is an honor student at Sacred Heart High School. “I want to study communications and going into broadcasting. I want to be analyst and go on TV after this whole basketball thing is done.”

Mustapha Heron

He had a variety of scholarship offers before choosing Auburn. “I also considered Alabama, Mississippi State, St. John’s, SMU, UNLV and Marquette,” he points out.

Asked what he sees as his strength as a player, he says, “I think my versatility is my best thing. I am able to get it done on both ends of the floor and can play multiple positions.”

Commenting on what his goal is for his senior season, Heron says, “My high school has won the two previous state championships and we are trying to three-peat, which has never been done in Connecticut, so we are trying to make history.”

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