The reining SEC basketball co-champions, Auburn, have lost the number one scorer from the past two seasons. The guard has decided that he will leave school early to enter into the NBA draft with the intent to sign an agent in the near future. Heron was the first five-star signee that Auburn has ever had, and he made an impact all over the floor for the Tigers. This season, his sophomore year, he averaged 16.4 points per game to help lead the Tigers to a regular season conference title and a four seed in the NCAA Tournament.
Coach Pearl’s Thoughts
Auburn head coach Bruce Pearl was not surprised by Heron’s decision. In fact, he encouraged Heron as well as center Austin Wiley to explore their options in the pros before committing to return to school. Heron would be eligible to return to school if he does not sign with an agent by May 30th.
Auburn should not have to worry too much about replacing Heron in the starting lineup. Auburn is returning most of its production from last year and will be able to get Danjel Purifoy and Wiley, if he doesn’t enter the draft as well, back for at least some part of next season.