Earlier this spring, Auburn Shooting Guard Mustapha Heron announced that he would declare himself eligible for the 2018 NBA Draft, to be held on June 21st. After just finishing his sophomore year on The Plains, the guard decided that he would test the waters and see where he might land for a possible professional career. Despite declaring for the draft, Heron did not sign with an agent and still has yet to take that action. That is an important thing to note because it leaves open the opportunity for Heron to withdraw his name from the draft and return for another year at Auburn.
Heron Not Locked in Yet
The deadline for potential draftees to withdraw from the draft is June 11th, less than a month away. As the deadline is quickly approaching, it came to light that Heron is contemplating a return to Auburn to play for Coach Bruce Pearl for another season. According to a source close to Heron, the chance of him making a return to the college level sits at fifty percent. That is a much higher chance than when Heron initially declared, due to it being believed that it was set in stone for Heron to hire an agent. At this point, Heron has worked out for the Brooklyn Nets and Cleveland Cavaliers, and he has scheduled private workouts with the Denver Nuggets and Utah Jazz within the next two weeks.
Heron says that he is just enjoying the process and having fun, and that he is excited to live out his childhood dream of working out for NBA GMs. He is the only 5-star recruit to ever play at Auburn, so it would seem he has the star power to land on a roster in the NBA. The question for Heron is whether he will be in a good position to be drafted and have a prosperous career after only two seasons in college.
Heron was Auburn’s leading scorer last season, and he was a major piece in Auburn’s regular season conference title run, despite being left off of the first and second-team conference lists. Heron would make a great NBA guard if he can find the right team, but a return to the Tigers would be monumental for their hopes of defending the conference title.