Pittsburgh prioritized Heron, a 2016 recruit, due to Barry "Slice" Rohrssen's connection to the family.
"Barry and I played overseas together a very long time ago, before Mustapha was born," Bryan Heron told Scout.com. "That's how far the relationship goes back. Once he went back to Pitt, it made it very easy because of our history."
The elder Heron said they were also attracted to Pittsburgh because of Dixon's track record.
"Jamie wins 20 games every year," he said. "When I look at his record against the top coaches, he measures up pretty well over the last 10 years."
"I've been watching them on tape and watching them live," he added. "I like the way they play and I think he fits in their system."
Heron and his father took an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh last weekend.
"Just the interaction with the team and watching the team and meeting the staff, I just thought it was the right place for him," Heron's father said.
Heron started his sophomore season at Wilbraham (Mass.) Monson Academy, but recently transferred to Waterbury (Conn.) Sacred Heart.
A strongly built 6-foot-4 wing, Heron is a talented scorer. He has a developed mid-range game and is capable of hitting jumpers off the bounce. He's also a strong finisher at the rim and is a capable shot maker to 22-feet.
"I think they want to use his multiple skill sets, from bringing the ball, up to playing off the ball and to playing in the post," he said." He wants to use him all over the floor."
Pittsburgh now has two commitments in their 2016 class. To go with Heron, the Panthers also hold a pledge from shooting guard Maverick Rowan. He committed to Pittsburgh in early June.
Heron ranks as the No. 5 small forward and the No. 20 overall player in the 2016 class.