Syracuse fans got some great news when 2016 target Taurean Thompson revealed the final three schools that he is considering for next season. Syracuse cracked the list along with Michigan State and Seton Hall. This should come as a a relief to Syracuse fans who may have been worrying about late offers from powerhouses Kansas and Arizona.
Michigan State, like Kansas and Arizona, were late to the party, only offering Thompson last week, while Syracuse has been actively recruiting the forward for roughly a year. Thompson took an official visit to Syracuse last weekend, along with several other Syracuse targets, and is expected to take his final visit to Tom Izzo and the Spartans.
It should be noted that Thompson had once cut his list down to four schools. These schools were Syracuse, Georgetown, Providence and Seton Hall. While he changed his list, it is important to remember that Michigan State had not made him an offer when he revealed this list.
Syracuse has room to add Thompson for next season in addition to Omer Yurtseven, a 7 foot center out of Turkey that the Orange have recently begun to pursue for next season. Yurtseven would actually become the highest rated member of Syracuse’s class of 2016 as he is a five-star recruit and is the 2nd ranked center in the nation.
If the Orange can add Thompson, Yurtseven or both, they will add much needed depth to the front court. The lack of depth at forward and center forced Jim Boeheim to play freshman Tyler Lydon out of position as the 6-8 New York native played center when DaJuan Coleman was on the bench. With Pascal Chukwu joining the squad and the addition of one or two more pieces, Lydon should be able to play his natural position of small forward.
There is no clear timetable for Thompson’s decision but it is one that Orange fans should be monitoring closely.
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