Mustapha Heron Signing With Auburn Is A ‘Program-Changer’

    Mustapha Heron has signed his Letter of Intent with the Auburn Tigers. Bruce Pearl calls Heron a "program-changer" following his official addition.

    November 12, 2015

    The Auburn Tigers have struck recruiting gold in Mustapha Heron.


    Mustapha Heron, a five-star prospect in 2016, committed to the Auburn Tigers three months ago. Head coach Bruce Pearl knew how big of a deal that was at the time.

    On Thursday, Heron signed his letter of intent to play for Pearl, who is going into his second season with Auburn. Heron staying true to the Tigers is huge — possibly momentous.

    Auburn has never signed a five-star prospect in the modern recruiting era. The Waterbury, Connecticut native is ranked as the No. 4 small forward and No. 24 overall recruit by 247Sports Composite, which utilizes an industry-wide average. 

    There’s one word to summarize Heron’s game: smooth. At 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds, the southpaw guard has excellent footwork and body control when penetrating the paint.

    Following his signing, Pearl commented on Heron’s addition both on and off the court for Auburn.

    “[Heron is] a program-changer, not because he’s a 5-star, he’s an incredible young man — absolute role model,” Pearl said.

    The Tigers have 11 guards on their roster right now, but Cole Stockton and Jonathan Walker are the only seniors of that group. It’s possible Heron will see some time at small forward early on, but he projects as a shooting guard.

    MORE: Preseason SEC Basketball Rankings For 2015-16

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