Taurean Thompson, a 2016 4-star center, will officially visit Syracuse on September 25-26, his coach, Jason Smith, tells Scout.
Syracuse began to show interest in Thompson back in May, but it was mild interest, as the Orange were in on other big propsects. Since then, Syracuse landed Tyus Battle, but are still looking to add one more to the 2016 class.
Thompson received a scholarship offer from Syracuse on September 2nd. Up until then, Xavier seemed to be the front runner.
Taurean officially visited Xavier last weekend and it reportedly went "extremely well." Including his upcoming official visit to Syracuse, he will have three official visits remaining.
Despite getting into his recruitment late, the Orange are in a great position. A source told Scout that if Thompson made it through his official visit at Xavier without offering a commitment, Syracuse would be the favorite.
After losing Moustapha Diagne to eligibility issues a few weeks ago, Thompson would add much needed depth to a thin Syracuse frontcourt. DaJuan Coleman and Chinoso Obokoh are the only two centers listed on the roster. Coleman, who hasn't played much in his first three years at Syracuse, is coming off knee surgery. Obokoh played 89 minutes last year. He redshirted his freshman year, but reportedly lost a year of eligbility due to academic issues dating back to high school.
It's unknown if Coleman will return to Syracuse for a fifth year. If he doesn't, Chinonso Obokoh and 7-foot-2 transfer center Paschal Chukwu would be the only two centers on the 2016-17 roster.