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Syracuse Basketball Recruiting: Thompson Being Contacted by New Schools, Won't Decide Until Spring

When Syracuse won back one scholarship in its appeal to the NCAA, it made room for another spot in the class of 2016. The Orange are trying to fill that spot with a 6-foot 10 big man, named Taurean Thompson.

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Syracuse already holds commits from Matthew Moyer and Tyus Battle but they are looking to add another player in the class of 2016. When Moustapha Diagne never made it to Syracuse, it was clear that the Orange needed to prioritize recruiting big men over the next few years. They already brought in Providence transfer Paschal Chukwu, who will be eligible next season, but the position will still be lacking depth. Thompson can provide a big body that will protect the rim in the 2-3 Zone, but getting him to commit may not be so easy.

Thompson is one of the only top players left in the class of 2016 that has not already committed or signed to play college basketball. In addition to Pitt and Seton Hall, Thompson holds offers from Xavier, St. John's, and Arizona St.

Thompson attends Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro NH, the school has produced former Syracuse players such as Ron "Buss" Patterson, Chris McCullough, and C.J. Fair. Thompson's game is very similar to McCullough's in the sense that he is a lengthy big man who can step outside and shoot it. He is a great rim protector on defense and his long arms are a perfect fit for the 2-3 Zone.

Before playing at Brewster, Thompson played at St. Anthony's prep in New Jersey, under legendary coach Bob Hurley. Hurley had this to say about Thompson:

"He passes it well, he shoots it, the biggest thing for him is being a defensive presence around the basket," said Hurley. "Contesting and blocking shots, and rebounding and starting the break with a quick outlet."