SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- It's rare that a top 100 recruit is still on the board this late in the recruiting cycle. Syracuse should consider itself lucky, especially to still be in the mix for Taurean Thompson, a 6-foot-10 power forward out of Brewster Academy.
Thompson, a known standout from Harlem, is down to Michigan State, Seton Hall and Syracuse -- with a decision coming in the near future.
CuseNation.com previously wrote a piece about his impact at each of the three remaining schools, but it would be the greatest at Syracuse.
If the four-star forward elected to play for Jim Boeheim, he would provide depth and assurance to a frontcourt that has been somewhat inconsistent.
The Hall-of-Famer put Tyler Roberson on the bench during significant moments last season, which proved he needed another body to go to -- Thompson would be that guy.
Roberson has one year of eligibility remaining before Thompson declares himself the next elite big man in the program. He would play alongside 7-foot-2 Paschal Chukwu in the 2-3 zone, which would be problematic for opposing offenses.
Dajuan Coleman, a 6-foot-9 redshirt senior, has battled a plethora of injuries during his tenure at Syracuse. He played in every game last season and had a very good NCAA Tournament. But most fans hold their breath when he goes up for a dunk, a rebound or to block a shot, because you never know how much his knees can withstand.
Tyler Lydon will play the '3' all year long. His standout freshman season earned him 35+ minutes a game for his upcoming sophomore season, which is undeniable. He'll likely test the NBA waters after this season, especially with the new rules in place to help the student-athletes.
If Thompson signed with Syracuse, he would likely be Roberson's backup from day one. His strength, ability to rebound and score, get up and down the floor and block shots separate him as an elite prospect.
One aspect of Thompson's game that goes overlooked is his ability to hit a 15-footer. Most 6-foot-10 big men can score around the basket, but Thompson separates himself from the pack by stepping out and hitting consistent mid-range jumpers.
The importance of landing Thompson for the future of the program is indescribable. He'll be the go-to big man for as long as he's at Syracuse. The depth he can provide the Orange would change the landscape of the program.
We've seen first hand what Mike Hopkins and Adrian Autry can do to big men. Rakeem Christmas evolved his game into an All-American type level. In one season, Tyler Lydon learned to play center and helped bring the Orange to a Final Four. Dajuan Coleman, when healthy, uses his body better than most when getting position to score or rebound.
Whichever program lands Taurean is getting a good one. As Scout.com's Evan Daniels writes, "his best basketball days are ahead of him."
Brewster Academy head coach Jason Smith told CuseNation.com, "Taurean will do well wherever he goes. He has a lot of potential and outstanding upside."