Incoming guard Mustapha Heron, who is transferring from Auburn University, has been granted a legislative relief waiver by the NCAA. The relief waiver declares that the 6-foot-5 swingman can play this year for the Red Storm and not sit out one-year under the NCAA transfer rule.
That is huge news for the Red Storm, who now sport one of the more talented cores in the Big East. Heron changes the team’s outlook just weeks prior to the opening tip-off.
Heron, who will be in his junior year, is a native of Waterbury, Connecticut, and transferred from Auburn to be closer to his mother, who is suffering from severe health issues.
“I’m incredibly thankful that the NCAA has decided to allow me to play right away closer to home,” said Heron in a statement. “I would like to thank all of the staff at St. John’s that fought to make this a possibility for me and my family.”
Heron played and started in all 64 of his games at Auburn over the last two seasons. He averaged 15.8 points and 5.7 rebounds per game, shooting 44 percent from the field, 37.2 percent from three, and 78.6 percent from the free throw line.
He also earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors in 2017, and was named All-Conference Second Team last season by the Associated Press after posting over 16 points per game.
“We’re very grateful for the NCAA’s decision to grant Mustapha a legislative relief waiver,” said coach Chris Mullin. “It is important for Mustapha to be close to his family during this difficult time, so providing him the opportunity to play immediately will be a great benefit as he continues to pursue his personal goals.”