Auburn will be without one of its star players as it defends its SEC regular season crown next season.
All-SEC selection Mustapha Heron will reportedly return to college for his junior season, but will transfer to another program. Heron is among the many who tested the NBA waters this spring, only to remove his name ahead of Wednesday’s deadline to keep his eligibility.
Heron averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds as a sophomore for the Tigers last season. Kentucky pursued Heron out of high school before he became the first five-star signee in the history of Auburn basketball.
The loss is huge for Bruce Pearl, but it followed two pieces of positive news Tuesday morning.
First, Auburn big man Austin Wiley removed his name from draft consideration to return to school. The 6-foot-11 center did not play in 2017-18, but had a promising freshman year with 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game as a freshman in 2016-17.
Wiley will be joined by Bryce Brown, who will also return to Auburn for another year. Brown, a will-be senior, was a First-Team All-SEC selection and SEC Player of the Year candidate with 15.9 points as last season. He ranks second in school history with 103 three-pointers in his career.
In even more Auburn roster news, the Tigers added a transfer from Memphis over the weekend.
Okay I think that’s enough Auburn roster talk for the day.