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Five-Star Basketball Recruit Mustapha Heron Discusses His Official Visit to Auburn

Class of 2016 basketball prospect Mustapha Heron and mis family made a trip to Auburn to spend time with Coach Bruce Pearl and his coaching staff.

Five-star Auburn basketball recruit  Mustapha Heron re-confirmed his commitment to the Tigers after bringing both of his parents to the campus over the weekend.

The six-foot-five guard from Sacred Heart High in Waterbury, Conn., pointed out that the official visit went very well and that he had fun.

“The football game definitely stood out to me," he said. "The atmosphere at the game was something. I? have never seen anything like that.”

“My mom, my dad, my trainer and one of my old AAU coaches came with me,” Heron said. “My dad loved it when he came with me on an official visit and my mom fell in love with it, too. I think she believes Auburn is a good place for me.”

Heron, who averaged 22 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior, helped his high school team to a state championship last year. He chose Auburn on a summer visit to the Plains, picking the Tigers over Alabama, Mississippi State, St. John’s, SMU, UNLV?and Marquette.

“I did some of the same things I did on my unofficial visit,” the prospect said of his to in Auburn. “I met a lot of people, I met the AD (Athletic Director Jay Jacobs) this weekend and he is a really nice guy.”

Heron also spent time with another five-star recruit, Bam Adebayo, who was on an unofficial visit. He played pickup games with the six-foot-nine center and was impressed.

“If we could get Bam to come with us we would shut things down,” Heron said. “We would have a top five recruiting class in the country. Not too many SEC teams would be able to compete with that.”

Heron also noted he spent time with Auburn’s newest commitment, six-foot-ten, 250-pound class of 2017 center Austin Wiley from Spain Park High in Birmingham. “I have heard a lot good things about Austin.” Heron said. “He is coming off of knee surgery and couldn’t compete in AAU ball this summer, but I saw some film on him and he can really play.”

Asked what he is working on as he prepares for his senior season and college, Heron said, “I am just working on my shooting to make it more consistent. When I get hot everything goes in, but I want to be more consistent shooting from outside and I am working on my pull-up (jump shot). Those are definitely things I will need next year.”

Academically, Heron is an honor student in high school and plans to major in communications/journalist at Auburn. 

“One thing I realized about this school is how close all of the players are,”?he said. “They make me feel right at home on my last visit and now I feel like we are family. I am excited to get to Auburn next year.”

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