Auburn sports: Mustapha Heron’s making moves; softball scores historic win
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Last photo on steps
Spring ball is close to an end. At least, that’s what the last of the annual photos on the steps indicated on Wednesday night.
It was time for the offensive linemen to enjoy pizza and wings at coach Gus Malzahn’s house, and it looks like they did just that. Funnily enough, it was the smallest Kristi Malzahn has looked in any pictures on the steps taken this spring.
— Coach Gus Malzahn (@CoachGusMalzahn) April 5, 2018
Malzahn will speak to media members Thursday night after the Tigers’ practice and then it’s finally the day that everyone’s been awaiting.
— Auburn Football (@AuburnFootball) April 4, 2018
In other Auburn news:
- Auburn roundtable: Why spring practice benefits one side of the ball more than the other.
- Can Auburn football finally find success away from Jordan-Hare Stadium?
- Auburn in on two Georgia D-line prospects, thanks to one coach; possible early playing time.
- Apple CEO Tim Cook predicts Auburn will have better season than Alabama in 2018.
- Auburn has hopes of landing coveted teammates Owen Pappoe, Wanya Morris.
- Watch: Cam Newton’s basketball skills challenged by Washington Redskins CB Josh Norman.
- Auburn football spring practice stock report: updated depth chart ahead of A-Day game.
- What Mustapha Heron’s NBA draft decision means for Auburn basketball.
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Mustapha Heron makes move
On Wednesday, it was announced that Heron, Auburn’s sophomore guard, won’t return next season. The Connecticut native has instead opted to hire an agent and throw his name into the 2018 NBA Draft.
Heron tweeted out clarification that although he hasn’t hired an agent yet, he intends to do so. He thanked fans for all of their support and Auburn reciprocated it.
Coach Bruce Pearl released a statement through the athletic department but also tweeted the message below. The first 5-star signee in program history is gone just like that, but after a season that included an NCAA Tournament appearance and a regular-season SEC championship, the kid did what he came to do.
We're very excited for Mustapha as he has decided to test the NBA Draft waters. He is the first 5-star signee in program history and helped changed the culture here at Auburn. We will support him in every way we can and wish him nothing but the best! War Eagle!
— Bruce Pearl (@coachbrucepearl) April 4, 2018
Softball realizes No. 800
Auburn softball found a way to defeat visiting Kennesaw State at Jane B. Moore Field on Wednesday night, earning the program’s 800th win.
KK Crocker played an important role in the 2-1 win, going 1 for 1 with an RBI, and Alyssa Rivera hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning to help secure the victory.
Makayla Martin started the night and struck out 5 batters in four innings pitched, but senior Kaylee Carlson finished the night in the circle and also picked up her 62nd career win. That tied the Auburn record set by Lexi Davis. Carlson struck out 3 batters and only allowed 2 hits, ending the night with a 0.63 ERA.
— Auburn Softball (@AuburnSoftball) April 5, 2018
“I can’t do it without them.”
— Jeff Shearer (@jeff_shearer) April 5, 2018
Tweet of the day
Let’s call it the post of the day instead of the tweet of the day.
Jared Harper’s post on Mustapha Heron is fantastic: pic.twitter.com/HHnjTUHy7L
— Justin Ferguson (@JFergusonAU) April 4, 2018
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