Bulldogs get first visit from Mustapha Heron

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Five-star wing Mustapha Heron plans to make multiple official visits, and the first will be to Mississippi State.

Power wing Mustapha Heron hasn’t given too much away with his recruitment since de-committing from Pittsburgh, but things are starting to come into place for the five-star prospect. The first trip will be to SEC country.

“Right now I am totally open in my recruitment,” said Heron. “I have a visit to Mississippi State on August 27, and then I don’t have a date set with SMU, but I will make an official visit to them.”

According to Heron it is the presence of new Bulldogs boss Ben Howland that has him so interested in the program.

“Coach Howland is great with big physical guards,” noted Heron. “He has had guys like Aaron Afflalo and Russell Westbrook who just get after it on both ends of the floor. They can push off of defensive rebounds, and are just kind of like me.”

Like with Mississippi State, SMU appeals to Heron because of the head coach. With the Mustangs it is Hall of Famer Larry Brown that leads the ship, and Heron is intrigued with how he could develop under his tutelage.

“Coach Brown is a great coach,” said Heron. “He has done it at the NBA level and the college level, and I think he can help me take my game to a new level.”

Another school that has been long linked to Heron is St. John’s. The Red Strom have assistant Barry (Slice) Rohrssen on staff, and Rohrssen was key in getting Heron to commit to Pittsburgh the first time around.

“Slice as everybody knows is a family friend and Coach (Chris) Mullin was a great player so I know that they could teach me a lot if I went there,” said Heron of St. John’s.

For now Heron says he is in no hurry to make a quick decision, but he does know what he will be looking for in a school.

“I am just looking for a place that I have a comfort level with the coaches where I know I can go and get better,” said Heron.

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