Rising sophomore big man Taurean Thompson looks far from likely to return to Syracuse for his second year of college ball — rumor has it Seton Hall may be his next destination.
Following a roller coaster recruitment that saw Thompson flip-flop between Syracuse and Seton Hall behind closed doors, it’s not much of a surprise that it looks like he has played his final minutes for Jim Boeheim.
After averaging 9.2 ppg and 3.8 rpg as a freshman last season including a spot in the starting line up for every ACC bout, 6-foot-10 Thompson is reportedly leaving the team due to “some family health issues.”
UPDATE (8/28, 6PM): Thompson to Seton Hall appears very close to being a done deal
Source: Taurean Thompson is on Seton Hall's campus with him expected to announce his transfer to SH within the next week.
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While the NCAA has done away with medical hardship waivers, it’s thought that Seton Hall is working toward getting Thompson eligible for the coming season — he would presumably eat Darnell Brodie’s scholarship, who will officially take a prep year at Montverde Academy (Fla.) after Brodie accidentally leaked that news temporarily on Twitter earlier this summer.
While it seems unlikely if not impossible, if Thompson were to be eligible next season he could potentially provide the second-best front court scoring option behind Angel Delgado and add some impressive depth in general. Thompson was well-known for his offensive prowess last season but was lambasted by Syracuse faithful for his lack of defense.
At worst, Thompson would be a more-than-capable replacement for Delgado in 2018-19.
Time will tell if Taurean will decide on South Orange once more — perhaps for good.