The Syracuse Orange will be without one of the their key playmakers. Sophomore Taurean Thompson has decided to withdraw from the university as a student. The news was first reported by Syracuse.com
Thompson was expected to be a major piece of the coach Jim Boeheim’s scheme this season. Last season, he averaged 9.2 points per game while playing in just over 17-minutes. He was expected to help shoulder the offensive load with Tyus Battle following the departure of several key players from last years team.
Thompson’s decision to withdraw is believed to be tied to issues with his family and wanting to be closer to home.
“My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues.” coach Boeheim said.
His whereabouts have been something of a mystery all off-season. Those close to him say that he has been unusually difficult to get a hold of. While his former AAU coach said he saw him as recently as last week, text messages from his mother have gone unanswered.
However, those close to him describe him as a “free spirit.” and there doesn’t appear to be much cause for concern in regard to his corporal health.
Syracuse will struggle to remain a relevant program without him. They missed out on the tournament last season for the second time in three years. With the bulk of their scoring from last seasons team gone due to graduation or the NBA Draft, it’s hard to argue they’ll be better this season.
Boeheim is installed as a legend at Syracuse, and there isn’t much fear over the safety of his job. But it is worth noting that he has never failed to make the NCAA Tournament in consecutive seasons in his career as a head coach.
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