Seton Hall has landed freshman Syracuse transfer Taurean Thompson.
The 6-10 forward averaged 9.2 points on 55 percent shooting along with 3.8 rebounds in only 18 minutes a game this season at Syracuse.
According to reports, Thompson left the Orangemen last week after only one season to be closer to his mother, who lives in Harlem.
“I’m hearing that his mom has a health issue and that he needs to be next to her,” a source told Syracuse.com.
Thompson had originally committed to Seton Hall out of high school, but changed his mind and went to Syracuse instead.
The Pirates are getting a talented big man in Thompson.
“He’s long as can be; he fits the new NBA analytics with length and athletic ability,” NJHoops.com’s Jay Gomes told Gannett. “He’s also got a nice stroke facing the basket going out to about 17 feet. It’s up to him how hard he wants to work and how good he wants to become.”
ESPN’s No. 75 ranked player in the 2016 high school class, Thompson played his senior year at Brewster Academy (New Hampshire), following three seasons at NJ basketball power St. Anthony’s.
Thompson wowed scouts at the Jordan Brand Classic’s regional HS game when the NYC-area native poured in 27 points on 13-of-15 shooting with 13 rebounds and 2 blocks.
“He’s able to face up and play with his back to the basket,” Thompson’s Brewster coach Jason Smith told the Lansing State Journal. “He finishes around the rim with his left hand and right hand equally well. He has an extremely high ceiling.”
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