Football season is in full swing, and because of this, it‚Äôs very easy to forget about basketball (surprisingly).¬† In most years, SU fans are already thinking about hoops because of the football team‚Äôs struggles ‚Äì but this year it has certainly been a little different with the excitement surrounding the football program.
The most recent big news to hit the basketball team was Moustapha Diagne‚Äôs ineligibility, courtesy of the NCAA and its inefficiency.¬† Well, since then, there hasn‚Äôt been much of anything going on.¬† Syracuse, still going through its appeals process and waiting for a decision on the NCAA sanctions hasn‚Äôt done anything different.¬† The coaching staff is still recruiting to fill one last spot in the class of 2016, which was vacated by Diagne‚Äôs potential sophomore season.
Taurean Thompson, a four-star big man out of New Jersey, could be the answer for the Orange in the middle of the zone.¬† The biggest question mark of this season is the frontcourt, and the Orange hasn‚Äôt done too much to solve that problem looking ahead.¬† SU will bring in top-rated guard Tyus Battle, forward Matthew Moyer, and transfer center Paschal Chukwu for next season.¬† While Chukwu will provide nice depth at center, the Orange needs more than one guy to anchor the zone.
At 6-foot-9, Thompson has received early comparisons to Hakeem Warrick from his AAU coach, who even went as far as saying that he thinks Thompson is a Syracuse type of player.¬† He was offered a scholarship at the beginning of September and was just on campus last weekend.¬† SU has been connected to Thompson since early-May, and that early connection could pay huge dividends.
This season, Thompson will play at Brewster Academy, which has produced SU stars like CJ Fair and Chris McCullough.¬† Being from New Jersey, Thompson is well-aware of the Syracuse brand because his mom used to take him to the Big East Tournament at Madison Square Garden every year.¬† The Orange is among a deep list of suitors for Thompson, but there is reason to believe that SU has the edge for the reasons above.¬† 247Sports believes that he will end up in Orange, as well.¬† Thompson‚Äôs only other official visit was to Xavier, while he has unofficially visited Rutgers and Seton Hall recently.