By JACOB POLACHECK & ADAM ZAGORIA Sophomore guard Mustapha Heron has obtained his release from Auburn and will take an official visit to St. John’s beginning Thursday morning, he told ZAGSBLOG. Heron is also tentatively slated to visit Boston College and Fairfield over the weekend. Heron withdrew his name from the NBA Draft on Tuesday with the intentions of transferring closer to home. The 6-foot-5 Waterbury, Conn., native is looking to transfer to a school closer to his ailing mother who suffered a massive concussion, his father told ZAGSBLOG on Tuesday. He will apply for a hardship waiver to be immediately eligible for the 2018-19 season at his new school.Heron averaged 16.4 points and 5.3 rebounds last season as a sophomore. ZAGSBLOG reported a year ago that Heron was considering transferring, but after weighing his options he chose to return for his sophomore season.
“He’s a proven college player at the highest level,” Andy Borman of the New York Rens told ZAGSBLOG. “Mustapha averaged 17 [points per game] in one of the best leagues in the country. He’s a great teammate with a huge motor.”Before committing to Auburn in August 2015, St. John’s was in Heron’s top five. “He’s a champion,” Borman said. “Won the SEC regular season title. So he knows what it takes to be successful.” Photo: AP Follow Jacob on Twitter Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter