Going off of the news that CuseNation.com broke last week regarding Syracuse offering 2016 center Taurean Thompson, he will visit SU later this month as previously reported.
Sources told CuseNation.com that if Thompson made it through the official visit at Xavier without offering a verbal commitment, Syracuse would find themselves in the drivers seat. With that official visit complete, and no verbal commitment, the Orange find themselves in a great position.
Thompson, a 6-10, 205 pound center, would be Syracuse’s third commitment in the 2016 class. Matthew Moyer, a 4-star forward, has been committed to Jim Boeheim for over a year. Tyus Battle, a 5-star guard, committed to Syracuse back in July.
Thompson is a long athletic center who runs the floor extremely well. He can step out and make a 15-footer. A major area of improvement is to add more weight/muscle. If Taurean can get up to 225-230 by his freshman year of college, he could add serious depth and promise to an area of need at SU. He’s still developing an offensive post game, but as stated above, has some range.
The 4-star center recently transferred from St. Anthony (NJ) to Brewster Academy (NH). Xavier was his first official visit, which leaves four remaining.
Right now, Syracuse doesn’t have room for Thompson on the roster. With the absence of 2015 signee Moustapha Diagne, the Orange will start their scholarship reduction this season. Next year, SU already has 10 projected scholarship players, which is their limit due to the NCAA sanctions. With that said, the coaching staff expects to regain a scholarship back in the appeal. Syracuse University should hear the result of the appeal in late-September, early-October.
Syracuse’s 2016 recruiting class currently ranks No. 8 in the country.