UPDATE (7/4): Taurean Thompson officially signs his National Letter of Intent. He will enroll at Syracuse immediately.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Class of 2016 priority big man target Taurean Thompson has committed to Syracuse. Mike Waters of Syracuse.com first reported the news. Thompson's mother, Sherese Piper, confirmed the news to CuseNation.com.
He joins five-star guard Tyus Battle and four-star forward Matthew Moyer in the 2016 class, which ranks 20th in the country, according to Scout. He is also the last top 100 player to commit.
Taurean will compete for playing time as soon as he steps on campus. Last season, Syracuse played three players in the four and five positions, with Chino Obokoh as an emergency option. With Tyler Lydon presumably going back to his normal position at small forward, Thompson will compete with Dajuan Coleman, Paschal Chukwu, Matt Moyer and Tyler Roberson for playing time.
As we saw last season, Jim Boeheim isn't hesitant to pull Coleman or Roberson after mental blunders, which is where Thompson comes into the conversation. Much like Frank Howard did last season for the Orange, Thompson could provide young depth and play his way into more minutes as the season progresses.
Having depth in the frontcourt will benefit the Orange greatly, especially during a rigorous ACC schedule.
Thompson chose the Orange over Seton Hall and Michigan State.
Syracuse now has two scholarships available for the 2016-17 season.