BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Auburn starting guard Mustapha Heron has declared for the NBA Draft with intent to hire an agent. Heron posted a tweet Wednesday morning with a statement thanking everyone at Auburn as well as announcing his intentions.
“First off, I would like to thank the man up stairs for making all of this possible,” Heron’s statement begins. “I have always dreamed of playing basketball at the highest level and now he is making that a reality for me. I would like to thank my coaches, teammates, all the Auburn fans and Auburn Univeristy for a wonderful 2 years.
“I have decided to forgo my junior season at Auburn and enter my name in the 2018 NBA draft with intent to sign an agent. Again I would like to thank everybody who supported me throughout the process and I will forever be a Tiger!!! WAR EAGLE”
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl tweeted his support for Heron Wednesday afternoon, saying he’s “excited” for Mustapha.
“He is the first 5-star signee in program history and he helped change the culture here at Auburn,” Pearl tweeted.
In a release from the school, Pearl added, “As a freshman, he was one of the all-time best freshmen ever to play at Auburn. As a sophomore, he became a better defender and leader and helped Auburn win its third regular season SEC championship in program history.”
This season, Heron started in all 32 games he appeared in for the Tigers, leading the team in scoring with 16.4 points per game. He tied for second on the team with steals and tied for third with 5.3 rebounds per game. He was named second-team All-SEC by the AP.