Report: Mustapha Heron will withdraw from NBA draft, but not return to Auburn

Auburn's Mustapha Heron (5) shoots over a UConn defender on Friday, Dec. 23, 2016, at the XL Center in Hartford, Conn. (Dakota Sumpter/Auburn Athletics)

Mustapha Heron will reportedly take his name out of the NBA draft but that doesn't mean he will not return to Auburn.

Adam Zagoria of the New York Times reports that Heron intends to transfer to a school that is closer to his home in Connecticut.

It's the latest shift in a interesting offseason for the player. On April 4, Heron announced he was leaving school early and intended to hire an agent, a move that would have ended his college eligibility.

Heron decided against hiring an agent, and now, according to Zagoria, it appears that he will transfer to be closer to his mother.

“What people don’t know is Mustapha’s mom has been sick for a year,” Bryan Heron told the New York Times on Tuesday. “Being home, he wants to get closer to his mom. He knew he had to go back to school. The last month he’s been here and he wants to be close to his mom, where she can see him play.”

Auburn reached the NCAA Tournament last season for the first time since 2003. The team defeated College of Charleston in it's tournament opener before losing to Clemson.

Heron averaged a team high 16.4 points a game last season.

Wednesday is the deadline for players to announce whether they plan to return to school or remain in the NBA draft.

This article will be updated

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