UPDATED: Taurean Thompson’s future at Syracuse in doubt; Darnell Brodie to prep

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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

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.

  • Thehall

    This is the best news SHU has gotten in awhile. Would fit nicely into KW’s system.

  • Thehall
    • LBP

      In Donna Ditota article today at syracuse .com she quotes Coach Jim B as acknowledging that TT has taken leave of absence and wants to transfer–however, word is that Jim B will not grant waiver

      • LBP

        BTW–The Syracuse Board is going nuts and is not a “happy” place.

        • I too was reading posts on Syracuse.com — while he appears to be somewhat of a liability defensively, almost universally regarded as a big loss for them. Quite the contrast to some transfers where fans couldn’t care less that the player left

          • LBP

            Great point—If this pans out, I believe that King will realize that his best choice is the Hall–if we can get Forrester to change his leaning for Xavier–what a job done by Willard and his Staff

          • Matty P

            I’m not sure if you’ve watched Thompson, but would you believe his defensive liability comes from a lack of effort? Not sure if this would be the main cause or just him not being a good fit or lack of understanding of the 2-3 defense that Syracuse likes to run.

          • hallstorm

            I watched Thompson a decent amount and yes, he was very lackadaisical on defense. But that 2-3 zone very much favors the top 2 guards and 2 outside wings smothering the ball handler while a big inside can defend the hoop. We’ll see how he adjusts to a man-to-man (what I think he played mostly at Brewster).

            Offensively, he’s quite polished and can really shoot. Most importantly, he has a nice free throw shooting touch despite his 63%. If Williard can get him to play defense, he can be a force.

          • Matty P

            Thank you for this insight. Disappointing to hear that he was lackadaisical on the defensive end. I certainly hope the coaching staff can push him on the defensive end of the floor because I’d hate to have another situation similar to Desi where the coach feels like he needs to take him out for a portion of games.

          • hallstorm

            Right. That’s very true. And those kind of situations wear on teammates.

          • PadrePirate

            If the slack-D rumors are true, that might explain Cuse letting him go without a fight. I’m still sore at Desi for plays like not blocking out Josh Hart in a tie game. More of them shenanigans would add to my gray hairs.

          • Matty P

            Unfortunately for Syracuse it would be difficult to put up a fight from stopping Thompson from transferring. Many schools who try to put up a fight from stopping kids from transferring typically get negative publicity and have to deal with public backlash.

    • Thanks for sharing!

  • SHU95

    Wow… I am stunned that this name, at this time is once again seemingly at the alter with SHU… Family issues aside, (which we hope for the best for the Kid’s sake regardless of where he attends school) I hope if he attends SHU because he wants to be here. Based on the tweets & comments, seems like they are attempting to get him elidgable for this season, but even if he doesn’t see the court until 2018, still a great situation for us IF all of this is true. Ill hold off on any further enthusiasm as it seems like we have been here before with this guy…

  • SHU95
    • This is a link to ZagsBlog, in case anyone thought that link is suspicious looking.

  • SHU95

    Interesting info on Brodie via zags blog…

  • Andrew Herbst

    This would be great for us. We could use a guy like Thompson for next year. He would help replace Angel.

  • Matty P

    Wondering what everyone else here thinks, but would people prefer Thompson to be available this upcoming season or have to sit out a year? Personally, I guess I would be leaning towards Thompson sitting out a year to continue to develop and have 3 years of eligibility once Delgado graduates.

    • Think I’m going to make this into a Twitter poll. Has to be sit out for me. Whose minutes will he steal this season? Chemistry issues there, as opposed to him coming suiting up for 2018-19 with another year to play, too.

      • Marklemore84

        He is so much more talented offensively than ish or nzei. No brainer he starts.

  • Matty P

    For anyone interested Delgado is playing in the Americup right now for the Dominican Republic team against Uruguay. You can find the game on watch ESPN.

    • ThePirateFan

      Thanks for the heads up!

    • Matty P

      For those interested Delgado finished the 1st half with 2 pts (1/4 shooting),3 rebounds (1 O, 2 D), 2 TO, and 1 steal in just under 12 mins. I felt like he looked a little rusty and at times playing a little quick. One interesting thing was he showed a euro step on a fast break. Unfortunately they called it a travel which I think was a close call (he did make the layup as the whistle was getting blown).

    • The game tomorrow against USA should be very interesting — it will air on ESPNU, I believe at 5ET

      • Matty P

        Agreed it should be interesting. From looking at the USA roster I would guess he would spend most of his time against Marshall Plumlee.

        • And some local flavor in Jameel Warney

          • Matty P

            Warney played a pretty nice game today. Unfortunately for Delgado he got into some foul trouble which limited his minutes. Overall I hope he enjoyed his trip and got a chance to learn from some professionals and the most important thing is he didn’t get hurt.

  • VinBick

    Spent time last night with a Syracuse grad who lives and dies with the ‘Cuse b’ball program. He is fearful for his team doing well without Thompson this season. He also said the talk of poor defense is a bum rap because the kid was not familiar with playing a zone “D” when he arrived last Fall. Starting as a freshman was a tall order.

    This may be a really good “get” as the basketball vernacular best describes such an addition to a D-1 program. Go Pirates!

    • PadrePirate

      We’ll forgive you for hanging out with Cuse fans since your intention was clearly to dig out some insider takes on TT 🙂

      Personally, I don’t see the NCAA letting him play this year, unless family hardship can be documented. It would take pressure off Gill though, who’s probably a year or two away from being a decent bench guy.

      • VinBick

        Father forgive me! Mea cupa. Am I expected to dump ‘Nova fans, too?

  • fouline

    Good get. I just hope he’s not a head case and maybe a quiter.

    • VinBick

      Hey, Charity Stripe is stealing my line!

      Chris, may I ask if that is allowed here?
      The time stamp on the site proves I used “get” first…..

      • 🙂 Everyone is a “good get” according to some recruiting analysts.

      • fouline

        Fortuitous acquisition, Vin?

        • VinBick

          Now that is the language attributable to a Seton Hall English major regardless of one’s year of earning his degree! Three cheers for Mr. Free Throw Line.

  • Marklemore84

    This is done. And I’m being told he only made the move bc he was advised he could suit up this year. Fingers crossed.

    • Marklemore84

      FYI sources are trusted ppl that are cuse insiders. I’m originally from the area.

    • We shall see. Have also heard the move to SH is done, but no clue how he could be eligible unless Mr. Boeheim is still running a very shady ship.

      Should be notable that being advised =/= truth. An agent can advise someone to stay in the draft, even if there is virtually no shot of getting drafted.

      • Marklemore84

        Great point Chris. NCAA has no obligation to agree with those advising him. Still hopeful tho!

  • Seton Hall makes the cut for Louis King. Absent is UK, who never offered

    https://twitter.com/PatLawless_/status/902583901926957058

  • Angel finished with 17 pts, 13 rebs and +31 in 33 minutes in a win over Panama tonight

  • Matty P

    Not very surprising news since we got one of his officials, but SHU made Jake Forester’s newly trimmed list of 5 teams (SHU, Pitt, VA Tech, Indiana, and Xavier).
    https://twitter.com/begreatjake/status/902685018643935235

  • Matty P

    Looks like Sid Wilson is going to be leaving St John’s before even playing a game for them. Definitely has to hurt Mullin and the team for next season to lose a top 100 recruit.

    • Odd transfer timing that isn’t much different than TT, obvious difference is he was going to a freshman.

  • PadrePirate

    What are the rules about getting the sit out year waived for a transfer? Would family issues requiring a kid to live close to home be enough?

    • As I included in the story, there are no hardship waivers anymore — NCAA did away with them a few seasons ago.

  • Matty P

    Sad news for Nova and the Big East. Just saw the news that Rollie Massimino passed away at the age of 82.

    • Brendan Prunty tweeted that he was a JV assistant at Cranford in late 50s. Couldn’t believe it!

      • VinBick

        Rollie was a genuine character who represented Villanova and the Big East in a first class manner.

      • Rich Ricci

        Rollie Massimino graduated from Hillside High School in 1952 and became their head coach sometime around 1962. He took Hillside to the State Group IV Championship in 1963 and 1964 against heavy favorite Central High School, but lost both years. Despite being at a severe height disadvantage, the 1963 game went to double overtime before Central finally won. Hillside was led by Bill Schutsky, who went on to become a legend at West Point, both years.

    • Bob Murphy

      The games that Rollie’s teams had with Georgetown and Syracuse in the 1980’s really were some of what made the Big East. His 1985 championship game is one of the greatest games in college basketball history. He coached smart teams who played defense and took good shots.

  • Matty P

    Nice article on the FIBA Americup website about Delgado. He’s surely a special kid and SHU is very lucky to have him on our roster. http://www.fiba.basketball/americup/2017/news/angel-delgado-secures-an-elite-spot

  • Mike Walsh

    Would love to see this headline in the near future. “Class of 2018 commits Louis King, Andrew Nembhard and Darnell Brodie join Taurean Thompson on the 2018 Seton Hall roster.”

    • Matty P

      That would certainly be a great recruiting class. Not to mention the team would still have one other additional scholarship to pick up another player.

    • This is probably best-case, though I’d say a local PF (see: Valdir Manuel) can be added to the list.

      Let’s remember that sit-out transfer Quincy McKnight is also somewhat part of next summer’s class as a combo guard.

  • Matty P

    Jerry Carino with the breaking news that Thompson enrolled at SHU.
    https://twitter.com/NJHoopsHaven/status/903262503421009920

  • SHU95

    Looks like the Transfer has happened, will sit this season… Zags blog link:
    https://t.co/tICEJS5ttA?amp=1

  • Bob Murphy

    NY Post online is reporting Thompson is enrolled at Seton Hall. http://nypost.com/2017/08/31/seton-hall-begins-next-years-reload-with-syracuse-transfer/
    This account says he will not be eligible for this coming season.

  • Mike Walsh

    Chris – SU fans are screaming that we tampered with their player, what is your understanding of the rules regarding contact with players from other schools?

  • Matt

    SU fans are claiming tampering. They would know……