Four-star Taurean Thompson likes Syracuse, but says he's open

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- One of the top uncommitted prospects at the National Prep Showcase -- Taurean Thompson -- said he likes Syracuse, but is still open to new schools.

The National Prep Showcase is routinely a great event for seeing a handful of uncommitted prospects that either emerging or looking for new scholarship offers.

While Taurean Thompson, of Wolfeboro (N.H.) Brewster Academy, has received plenty of attention and offers to date, the 6-foot-10 center prospect told Scout following his second game of the weekend that he’s open to new schools.

“[I’ll] probably commit during the spring,” Thompson said. “I’m still open to schools, but I’m not close to doing anything yet.” 

Thompson has taken an official visit to Syracuse and they have been thought of as the favorite in his recruitment for quite some time.

“I enjoyed it,” he said of his visit to Syracuse. “If I had to decide now I would probably go there, but I’m still open to schools. I’ve only done one official so I have four more and I want to see everything.”

“I just want to see everything first,” he added. “I don’t want to commit and not have seen everything.

Thompson said Rutgers and Seton Hall are actively recruiting him and also said Providence had offered him, but he hasn’t heard from them in a while. N.C. State offered him after watching him play at the Prep Showcase. 

In two games at the Prep Showcase, Thompson scored a total of 31 points and reeled in 15 rebounds. A very good athlete, Thompson runs the floor well, showed scoring touch and an impressive looking mid-range jump shot.

“I’ve tried expand my game and my back to the basket game, my crab dribble game and my hook shot game has really improved,” Thompson said. “I try not to face up on the perimeter as much because that’s the knock on me. I’m starting to be more oriented in the paint and that’s helped me a lot.”

“I need to work on my consistency, I played in spurts,” he added. “I need to make it more of a consistent thing.”

Thompson is in his first season at Brewster Academy. He transferred from Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony to close out his high school career.

“One of the main reasons I left St. Anthony’s was the commute all together,” Thompson said. “I lived in uptown New York and had to go to all the way to Jersey City every day, especially on early mornings and weekends in the snow, all of that was just a lot on my body.”

“At Brewster I’ve put weight on and it has a better training facility,” he said. “No disrespect to St. Anthony’s because it’s a great program and a great coach, but I felt like Brewster was a better place for me.”

Thompson, who is regarded as the No. 90 prospect in the 2016 recruiting class, said he’s gained eight to 10 pounds since moving to Brewster.

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