Mustapha Heron, who led the Auburn Tigers as a second grader with 16.4 points per game per game, has decided to retire from the NBA draft and return to college – but not in Auburn.
Heron has decided to play for a program closer to his home in West Haven, Connecticut so he can be near his sick mother, his father ZagsBlog said on Tuesday.
"He wants to be closer to his mother," Bryan Heron ZagsBlog said. "He knew he had to go back to school, he was here last month and he wants to be near his mother where she can see him play."
Auburn's big man Austin Wiley, who was not allowed to play as a sophomore last season, told ESPN that he would withdraw from the NBA draft and play for the Tigers next season.
19659002] Auburn coach Bruce Pearl confirmed to CBS Sports that Heron, who also scored 5.3 rebounds last season, moved.
Bryan Heron said his son will apply for a hardship exemption to play next season. 19659002] "If he does not understand, that's what it is after that," Bryan Heron said.