If there’s one thing the Syracuse University basketball program is lacking right now with the ridiculousness of Moustapha Diagne’s situation, it’s size in the post. Moving forward, Paschal Chukwu will give the Orange a big body to man the center position, but with the potential for Tyler Roberson and Dajuan Coleman to both be gone after this season for one reason or another (Roberson, if he has a good enough season, is apparently interested in at least contemplating going pro early, and Coleman’s health will always be an issue until he can prove it isn’t) the cupboard is still bare. Enter Taurean Thompson.
The 6-foot-9 forward is a 4-star talent from New Jersey, and is on his way to Brewster Academy to play his final season. A 2016 prospect, the Orange staff is now looking hard at him with Diagne off the table for at least a year, probably two, as he heads off to junior college.
The Jersey City native, who previously played his high school ball at St. Anthony’s, is an active shot blocker and rebounder with a good frame that could pretty easily pack on another 20 pounds of muscle (he’s currently weighing in at around 205 pounds…which means that, yes, he’s a typical Syracuse post recruit). Thompson’s got solid athleticism and mobility, and has the ability to knock down jumpers out to about 15-17 feet.
Thompson boasts offers from Xavier, Rutgers, Oklahoma, Pitt, Arizona State, and Temple in addition to Syracuse. It’s been pretty clear that the Orange would look at another big body once Diagne wasn’t cleared by the NCAA, with other names like James Banks and Sedee Keita also being mentioned as possibilities. Thompson may be the most realistic addition at this point, and would join Tyus Battle and Matthew Moyer in the class of 2016 if he chose to commit.