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