#21 RANKED PLAYER IN COUNTRY (CLASS OF 2016)
STAR RANKING: 5 STARS
WEIGHT: 205 POUNDS
AGE: 18 years old
POSITION: SHOOTING GUARD
HIGH SCHOOL: SACRED HEART HIGH SCHOOL (WATERBURY, CONNECTICUT)
CHOSE AUBURN UNIVERSITY OVER: ALABAMA, KANSAS, MARYLAND AMONG MANY OTHERS
NBA COMPARISON: STANLEY JOHNSON/ SMALLER VERSION
PLAYER SUMMARY: Mustapha Heron is a 6’4″ shooting guard out of Connecticut. He surprised a lot of fans and analysts when he committed to Auburn this past August. He will step right into the starting lineup from day 1 for the perennially doormat SEC school. He is the type of talent Auburn normally doesn’t get on the recruiting trail and hopefully for Tiger fans he provides a change in their recruiting. Head Coach Bruce Pearl is known as a very good recruiter and by acquiring Heron’s talents it is a major step in the right direction.
The 21st rated recruit in the class of 2016 according to rivals.com is a very good mid-range shooter and ball handler. His great upper body strength along with his slashing ability allows him to get into the lane and hoop at will at the high school level. His strong, physical body allows him to finish through contact. Heron is known to have a high basketball IQ.
When watching tapes of Heron, I believe he needs to improve his 3-point range. He needs the ball to be at his most effective and will need to learn how to play without the ball. At the high school level he has the ball the majority of the time. As a shooting guard in college that will not be the case. He will have to learn to play off the ball. Bruce Pearl surely knows this and will have him working on his weaknesses when he lands in Auburn in the fall.
In my opinion, Heron has a chance to be a very good SEC player. He is a very talented player. While slightly undersized for the SG position, his overall body strength and physicality should be able to make up the difference in height. Bruce Pearl will be looking for him to do what he does best, which is score the basketball. He might be the most talented player on the Auburn roster next season and has a chance to lead the team in scoring as a freshmen. He will have all the opportunities he can ask for and will be given a lot of freedom on the court.
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