Taurean Thompson sets up official visit to Seton Hall

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Top-100 senior forward Taurean Thompson has set up an official visit to Seton Hall.

Following the Brewster Academy (N.H.) big man’s official visit to UConn that took place on Monday and Tuesday, Taurean Thompson has scheduled an official to Seton Hall for this coming Sunday-Monday.

Widely thought to be down to Syracuse and Seton Hall with Providence and Georgetown a distant third/fourth, UConn has come on strong of late. The Huskies lose forwards Shonn Miller and Phil Nolan while rising seniors Kentan Facey and Amida Brimah project to see an up-tick in minutes for Thompson’s freshman season. Kevin Ollie also returns a high-potential sophomore in Steve Enoch while adding two freshman post forwards.

At 6-foot-9, Thompson is one of the best 2016 targets still available ahead of May 19th’s signing deadline and is the best incoming freshman option for an immediate impact at the five. Seton Hall doesn’t currently have any open scholarships, but that will definitely be resolved in due time.

The former St. Anthony (N.J.) center attended at least two Seton Hall games this past season despite being up in New Hampshire at Brewster Academy and unofficially visited campus last September.

Seton Hall’s other primary competitor is Syracuse.

The Orange look to have the most depth at forward compared to the Hall and UConn: Tyler Roberson and DaJuan Coleman both return as seniors, super freshman Tyler Lydon will be back, 7-foot-2 Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu gains eligibility and power forward signee Matthew Moyer is already a part of Jim Boeheim’s incoming class.

With little to threaten Thompson’s minutes at center beyond a junior Angel Delgado playing out of position, Seton Hall gets the edge in that category to go along with being closest to home.

While the Hall gets the nod in those two categories, Syracuse and UConn objectively blow them away as far as recent success goes.

Can Seton Hall — primarily Shaheen Holloway — close the deal and add a second top-100 player to their incoming class?

Let’s see.

Thompson would be Seton Hall’s best true post-forward commitment since John Garcia way back in 2005.

 

  • SC

    Getting Thompson would be what this program needs to stay relevant for years. Powell and Thompson can help inject the loss of energy from DG’s departure.

  • hallstorm

    Very curious to see what the jostling of players will be for the coming year–especially if IW comes back. Thompson would be a very strong recruit and he could be a lynchpin for next year’s recruiting class.

    Interesting John Garcia reference. Too bad he had such bad knees……

    • Won’t forget his 22p, 13r, 6blk performance against Thabeet back in 2009. I believe he’s still playing overseas or at least was until recently. Insane.

  • HallBall10

    TT will get more playing time on SHU.

    And SHU might have more success than the other programs during his career.

    Seems like SHU is the best option.

    Along with Brimah, Facey and Enoch(sophmore) Uconn also adds 7th and 26th best power fowards in this class and the 5th best center in next class.

    • Forgot about their two freshmen. Was a little short on time during lunch break. Thanks.

  • LBP

    TThompson would be a huge get for the Hall–just played a Tournie in the City and was a Beast– sure he felt a different vibe than at Brewster–

    • Cosmo Kramer

      Does anyone realize that you’re Taurean’s grandfather yet, Leroy?

  • Andrew Herbst

    Thompson would be a great get. I think we have a great shot at getting him. He would start right away.

    • I’m not sure about the latter.

      • Andrew Herbst

        Ok. He would be a great guy off the bench.

  • Fishjam

    Any word on why Kory Holden nixed us after yesterday’s visit?

  • Fishjam

    Well, one PG target down but next the next prospect is offered. SH has offered 5’10” Charlie Moore from Chicago today. He’s ranked 65th in the Class of 2016 and decommited from Memphis recently when their coach left.

    He’s probably a long-shot and likely would only consider us if IW bolts. He’s looking for immediate playing time which would be hard to come by with Isaiah at the point but he could be handed the starting job from Day 1 with IW in NBA. He’s undersized and would be a bit of a problem defensively. But offensively he has it all….great court vision, can break down defenders and get in the paint where he finishes well for his size but is also a good passer to the wings for 3s or the bigs down low for bunnies.

    • hallstorm

      Ah. I suggested this option a couple weeks ago when Pastner left for G-tech! Glad to hear it even if it’s a long shot because this kid has a really great offensive skill set. I know the staff has been interested in the Chicago area with Eastern, so I’m glad they’re reaching out late in the game for Moore.

    • Seton Hall has not offered

    • LBP

      Fishjam– My confidents repeat that IW is more than likely to return and that the Hall Coaches are recruiting around that information. Biggest problem is to find a “Gordon” replacement but I believe all out Blitz on T Thompson should ( and may well have) be undertaken. Supposedly , the “sure bet” Cuse are no longer even close to a “sure bet”.

      • Fishjam

        Thanks LBP. My opinion is IW eventually returns and Taurean is ours to lose…..only thing that can derail us is our timetable. It’s obvious that the staff is recruiting with the expectation that they have one or more scholarships to give. However, every day that goes by that a transfer or some other departure isn’t announced makes me nervous.
        I fear that our potential recruits may get tired of waiting until we create a spot…..hopefully this is just me being paranoid.

  • Jersey Jerry

    With Rodney Pryor, a 6-foot-5 graduate transfer from Robert Morris, committing to Georgetown this week, I’m thing TT will drop them from his list. Let’s look forward to a GR8 visit this weekend and hope for the best!