After losing Moustapha Diagne to eligibility issues in late August, it looked as if Syracuse would be thin in the frontcourt for a few years. Now, there may be a reinforcement coming in. Syracuse offered Taurean Thompson a scholarship on September 2nd, and things are moving along quickly.
Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith told CuseNation.com yesterday that Thompson would officially visit Syracuse on September 25-26. He officially visited Xavier, who has reportedly led in his recruitment, last weekend.
CuseNation.com caught up with Tauren's mother, Sherese Piper, who gave some great insight on her son's recruitment.
"The Syracuse staff has been in contact for a while. Coach Hopkins saw him play at an early EYBL tourney. Coach Red [Autry] reached out to me in April," Piper told CuseNation.com. "Coach Boeheim is a hall-of-fame coach. My son is blessed to be noticed by the schools recruiting him."
Thompson holds offers from Rutgers, Syracuse, Seton Hall, Maryland, Xavier, Temple, Arizona State, Manhattan, Oklahoma, Old Dominion, Pittsburgh, Rhode Island, Rice, Richmond and St. Joesphs. He holds interest from a number of other programs, as well.
When asked about the scheduled official visit to Syracuse, Piper replied "This will be our second official. We are looking forward to spending more time on the campus."
Thompson went under the radar for a majority of his recruitment. He suffered a broken rib in July which kept him out of AAU tournaments. "Coaches didn't really see him play, so his recruitment was slow," his mother said via text message. "Right now, he's focused on his senior season. It's a marathon, not a sprint!"
An interesting note from Piper, "By visiting a few schools, he is beginning to compare then. If he does feel a school is the right match for him, he will commit." That meaning a commitment could come on his official visit to Syracuse. Despite Xavier reportedly leading for the 4-star PF, he didn't offer a commitment. That should say a lot about where Syracuse stands in his recruitment.
An important question Orange fans are wondering, especially since it brought Tyus Battle to Syracuse, is proximity to home. "It's not a factor for him," Piper said.
Another good sign for the Orange, "Growing up in New York and being a player, he is a fan (of Syracuse). I began taking him to Big East games when he was young. We still go to Madison Square Garden to watch the tournament."
Taurean doesn't have any other visits scheduled.