In the early stages of his recruitment, Mustapha Heron decided to make a decision. This afternoon, the five-star guard - only a sophomore in high school - committed to Jamie Dixon and the Pitt Panthers.
Heron may only be a sophomore, but he's been on the national recruiting radar for several years. 247Sports.com has him rated as the No. 7 overall player in the 2016 class - and as the No. 1 overall point guard.
Picking Pittsburgh is not the only school decision Heron has made in the past month. After starting his sophomore campaign at Wilbraham (Mass.) Monson Academy (playing in only three games), he transferred to Waterbury (Conn.) Sacred Heart.
Pitt assistant coach Barry Rohrssen was a key factor in landing Heron. Years ago, Rohrssen played overseas in Poland with Heron's father, Bryan.
While talking to Evan Daniels of Scout.com, Bryan Heron stated that he's followed Dixon's tenure at Pittsburgh. “Jamie wins 20 games every year. When I look at his record against the top coaches, he measures up pretty well over the last 10 years.”
The elder Heron continued: “I’ve been watching them on tape and watching them live. I like the way they play and I think he fits in their system.”
A recent visit to Pittsburgh's campus convinced Heron that the Panthers were the right fit him. During the trip, he was able to establish connections with the team and the coaching staff. Heron selected Pitt over Cincinnati, Kansas State, and Maryland (the other three schools to offer him a scholarship). UCONN, Miami, UCLA and Kansas were after Heron, too, but had yet to offer, according to 247Sprorts.com.
According to Daniels, the 6-5, 200-pound wing has a multifaceted offensive game, which can really make him tough to totally shut down on that side of the ball. He's at his best off the bounce, and can score from the mid-range or at the rim.
He joins Maverick Rowan - another talented wing - as the other member of Pitt's 2016 recruiting class.
If you'd like to see Heron in action, check out his highlight package from the AAU circuit this past summer.