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Q&A With Auburn 5-Star Basketball Freshman Mustapha Heron

Mustapha Heron, a 2016 Auburn basketball signee, talks about starting his college basketball adventure with the Tigers.

Auburn, Ala.- Mustapha Heron, a five-star basketball recruit for the Auburn Tigers, talks about his start at Auburn now that he has graduated from Sacred Heart Academy in Waterbury, Conn.

Heron, who was the Most Valuable Player ?of the Derby Classic All-Star game in Louisville, Ky., following his senior season, answers questions from Inside the Auburn Tigers:

How has your adjustment been to college so far this summer?

“It has been alright. The first two weeks were rough with the transition to being away from home, the workouts, the classes and stuff like that. Normally, this time of year we are just playing AAU, but it has been good so far.”

How many classes are you taking?

“I am taking two right now.”

How are the summer practices going?

“It is good. We have a good group of guys getting together. We have a lot of newcomers on the team and I think everybody is adjusting pretty well.”

One of those newcomers, Jared Harper, looks like he will help this team a lot at point guard. What have you seen from the freshman?

“It is going to be great playing with him because he knows how to control the tempo of the game and the flow of the offense. Also, he is a pest on defense so it is going to be good.”

What is the team working on in summer practices?

“A lot of defense and just playing fast so we are doing a lot of conditioning.”

You set a goal of winning another state championship as a high school senior and were able to accomplish that. That has to be a good feeling, right?

“It meant a lot being that it was three in a row and we were the first school from our city to accomplish that, and first team in Connecticut in a long time to win three in a row so it was a great season.”

How big are you?

“I am 6-5 3/4 and about 216.

You look like you are in good shape. Is that the case?

“Definitely.”

Is there anything in particular you are working on with your game this summer?

“Learning how to play fast at the college level. It is an adjustment from high school so I am learning the physicality of the game and that is pretty much it.”

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