Former Syracuse forward Taurean Thompson has enrolled at Seton Hall, according to Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey. It is also worth noting that Thompson previously withdrew from Syracuse on Monday.
“We have been informed that Taurean is taking a leave of absence from Syracuse University,” said Orange head coach Jim Boeheim. “My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues.”
Thompson is from New York and had originally committed to Seton Hall out of high school, but he changed his mind and decided to head to Syracuse at the last minute. During his freshman campaign with the Orange, the 6-10 Thompson averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game while shooting 54.9 percent from the floor and 64.5 percent from the free-throw line.
Thompson was a consensus top-100 recruit in high school. He played his junior year at St. Anthony in Jersey City, N.J. and finished up his high-school career at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.
“He’s long as can be; he fits the new NBA analytics with length and athletic ability,” said talent analyst Jay Gomes, publisher of NJHoops.com, last year. “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.”
The Pirates are coming off back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances, the first time they have accomplished such a feat since 1994. Prior to making it to the front end of those two tournament berths, Seton Hall had not made the “Big Dance” since 2006.