Originally written on In The Neutral Zone  |  Last updated 3/31/15
Less than a month after making headlines for his transfer from Wilbraham and Monson Academy (MA) to Sacred Heat High School (CT), Mustapha Heron is back in the news again after verbally committing to Jamie Dixon and the Pittsburgh Panthers. Currently ranked No. 17 in the TCT Top 50, Heron is a versatile point guard prospect with the size and skill to be a top ten recruit in the class of 2016. He joins 2-guard Maverick Rowan (Midland, PA/Lincoln Park) in Pitt’s 2016 recruiting class, picking the Panthers over offers from Cincinnati, Kansas State, Maryland, and Vanderbilt. As Brian Flinn of Future150 pointed out earlier today, Dixon’s staff had the inside track on Heron, as Mustapha’s father played with Pitt assistant Barry Rohrseen during his professional career. With Heron’s commitment, Pitt will be getting a dynamic talent with seemingly limitless potential. He has the ability to play all three wing positions, gets into the lane at will, and can break down his man with a complete arsenal of dribble moves. Heron uses his strength and handle to get to his spots on the floor, scores through contact and has the athleticism to finish over defenders. Before transferring from W&A in mid-December, Heron used the National Prep Showcase to raise his stock. He showcased an improved stroke with added consistency from three-point range, pouring it in from all three levels while racking up 35 points in an overtime loss. At this stage in his development, it remains to be seen whether Heron will be able to play the point guard position at the next level. He is a gifted passer with excellent vision, but he struggles to handle the rock under pressure and needs to improve as a decision maker. His build and elite skill set will earn him a five-star ranking regardless, but if he can prove he has what it takes to play the point full-time, Heron’s stock will continue to soar. 3 total views, 3 views today
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