In a bit of a surprise, shooting guard Mustahpa Heron, ranked No. 26 by ESPN in the Class of 2016, committed to Auburn on Sunday, giving Bruce Pearl his biggest recruiting coup since coming to The Plains.
The 6-5 Heron from Sacred Heart in West Haven, Conn., was expected to take additional campus visits rather than commit, but a trip to Auburn led to his announcement.
“I had no idea,” Heron told Scout’s Evan Daniels when asked if he had expected to commit. “But I got a vibe here that I didn’t get at any other schools that I visited. It was a family-oriented thing. … It’s a brotherhood. I know the developmental piece will be there when I get here.”
Heron, ranked No. 1 in the state of Connecticut and No. 6 nationally at his position by ESPN, said in July that his top six was Auburn, Alabama, SMU, Mississippi State, St. John’s, Maryland and Marquette. He has already visited Alabama, St. John’s and Marquette and had a late September visit planned for Mississippi State.
His father, Bryan, had played professionally in Europe with St. John’s assistant Barry “Slice” Rohrssen, leading to speculation that the Red Storm might be able to keep Heron in the tri-state area.
Heron played this summer for the New York RENS, who won the championship of the adidas Gauntlet.