It seems there is an announcement coming soon from 2016 4-star power forward Taurean Thompson, one of the few uncommitted seniors. Thompson stands at 6-9 and attended Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. Thompson appears to be down to Michigan State, Seton Hall and Syracuse. Per a source, Thompson reportedly may announce this week, Thursday to be more specific.
Syracuse has been the frontrunner for Thompson for a long time now, but things are surely changing. Thompson visited Michigan State June 5, and it seems that the Spartans are a legit contender to land the talented forward. Michigan State offered Thompson only a week ago, April 28, yet it appears that the Spartans are a dark horse candidate to land him. After talking with multiple sources, I received many different opinions and could not reach a consensus.
Though Syracuse holds 87% of the 247Sports Crystal Ball, one source told me that Syracuse is less likely to land Taurean Thompson than people may think. This source believes that all three schools likely have an equal chance. Another source believes he is not a lock to Syracuse, and Michigan State seems like an unlikely lander. However, a third source told me that Michigan State is “in a great spot” to land Thompson and MSU has a “better shot to land him” than Syracuse.
There are numerous rumors around Thompson’s recruitment. Regardless, I believe Michigan State will most likely land Taurean Thompson. Michigan State has front court positions to be filled, and Thompson fits right in like a missing puzzle piece. A source told me playing time was a factor in Thompson’s recruitment, which is something Michigan State can use as a selling point with Matt Costello graduated and Deyonta Davis going to the NBA. Syracuse and Seton Hall both return their main front court making it a tougher path to playing time for Thompson. I expect Thompson to be wearing green and white next year.