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Auburn lands commitment from five-star guard Mustapha Heron

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Auburn and head coach Bruce Pearl made a major statement on Sunday as five-star shooting guard Mustapha Heron pledged to the Tigers, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com. The 6-foot-5 Heron is a powerful scoring guard and he’s the most talented player that Pearl has landed at Auburn since his return to coaching. Heron is currently regarded as the No. 19 overall prospect in the Rivals 2016 national rankings.

A gifted attacker and finisher, Heron is one of the toughest guards to defend in the class because of his size and strength. Built like a football player, Heron can finish through contact and is very tough to stop with a full head of steam going to the rim. Although he still needs to improve his jumper, Heron has shown some improvement in it over the last year and has a potentially workable jumper going forward.

Heron visited Auburn this weekend and he joins point guard Jared Harper and power forward Anfernee McLemore in the Tigers’ 2016 recruiting class. Previously a Pitt commit in January of 2014, Heron opted to re-open up his recruitment in April.