One of the most long-winded recruitments in recent memory has ended: Top-100 forward Taurean Thompson is headed to Syracuse, choosing the Orange over Seton Hall and Michigan State.
Taurean Thompson, a Top 75 recruit in the 2016 class, has picked Syracuse over Seton Hall and Michigan State. https://t.co/8OLxn5isAP
— Mike Waters (@MikeWatersSYR) July 1, 2016
The saga for Seton Hall involvement began during the 2014-15 season when Taurean started attending Hall games, escalated when he was offered in May of 2015 then first visited South Orange last September, and has now concluded with a pledge to Syracuse just hours into July.
Michigan State and Syracuse became the two other finalists since the Brewster Academy (N.H.) forward narrowed his list and then officially visited Seton Hall, Syracuse and then East Lansing in that order during late-May, early-June.
The Spartans came in late for Taurean while Syracuse joined the fray not far behind Seton Hall some time in 2015. The Orange were seen as heavy favorites for a few months while I heard from multiple people that Michigan State chose to drop out of their recruitment over the last week or so.
Despite all the uncertainty, Seton Hall had a chance down to the wire (so much so that I had pre-written a commitment story) despite no immediately obvious solution to their scholarship situation
I’ve heard its now all but decided that Braeden Anderson will move off scholarship, likely to a graduate assistant position as first reported by Jerry Carino many weeks ago. I’ve been told this decision is far from a forcing out scenario.
This brings Seton Hall down to 13 scholarships.
From what I’ve heard, an outgoing transfer long thought to be out the door has decided against such a move, so that would lock the Hall in at 13.
Taurean would have been the third top-150 player and second top-100 pledge, joining shooting guard Myles Powell and combo guard Eron Gordon as part of the incoming freshman class.
While Thompson would have literally been a big addition, Seton Hall still has several forwards that have an opportunity to step up behind returning starters Ish Sanogo and Angel Delgado next season between Myles Carter, Rashed Anthony and Mike Nzei.
The latter provided the most capable off the bench in 2015-16 as Nzei made offensive rebounds and put-backs his bread and butter.