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Taurean Thompson says Syracuse, Seton Hall working hardest
NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Taurean Thompson, a 6-foot-10 power forward at Brewster (N.H.) Academy, says two schools are working the hardest for his services right now.
“I’m been really just talking to Seton Hall and Syracuse,” Thompson said after going for 19 points and six rebounds as Brewster topped Sunrise Christian Academy, 71-64, at the National Prep Showcase at Albertus Magnus College.
Asked if those were the two main schools on his list, he said, “Yeah, I guess so. I’ve been on an official to Syracuse and I’ve been to Seton Hall a bunch of times.”
Ranked the No. 11 center by 247Sports.com, Thompson is a Manhattan native who transferred from St. Anthony’s before the season because of what he called “a lot of personal stuff involved.
“It wasn’t really the school, but it was really a lot of personal stuff going on,” he said of leaving the school led by Hall of Fame coach Bob Hurley.
Now he loves Brewster and head coach Jason Smith.
“It was a smooth adjustment and I’m getting better,” he said.
As for Syracuse and Seton Hall, Thompson likes aspects of both schools.
“Syracuse, the tradition,” he said. “Coach [Jim] Boeheim is a great coach.”
They have told him he would fit well into the 2-3 zone.
“They say they see me as a high-post, face-up guy, especially Syracuse,” he said. “They like me because of my length in the 2-3 [zone].”
Thompson said he’s friendly with Syracuse freshman Malachi Richardson and Frank Howard.
Seton Hall is also a factor “because they have a lot of young players, too,” Thompson said.
“I’ve talked to Isaiah [Whitehead] a little bit,” he said. “I know Khadeen [Carrington] and Desi [Rodriguez] as well.”
Thompson also said he’s open to new schools.
“Nobody’s really contacted me of late,” he said. “I got an offer from Providence but they haven’t really talked to me of late, so right now it’s just those two.”
As of now, he’s targeting a decision in the spring.
“Probably mid-spring,” he said.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.