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Former Syracuse forward Taurean Thompson reportedly transfers to Seton Hall

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Taurean Thompson was one of two freshman to see consistent minutes last season for the Orange.

Former Syracuse forward Taurean Thompson, who on Monday left the program, has transferred to Seton Hall to be closer to his home, according to Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press.

“We have been informed that Taurean is taking a leave of absence from Syracuse University,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement to Syracuse.com. “My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues.”

Then, on Thursday, Carino reported that Thompson has enrolled at former Syracuse Big East foe Seton Hall.

Per NCAA rules, Thompson must sit out the 2017-18 season. He will be eligible in 2018-19. The 6-foot-9 forward nearly committed to SHU out of high school, per Carino, but chose Syracuse instead. As a freshman there he averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in 18 minutes per game while shooting .546 from the field and .645 from the free-throw line.

The top 100 recruit played his junior year of high school at St. Anthony (New Jersey) High School, less than 20 miles from Seton Hall’s campus.

In high school, he was a consensus Top 100 recruit who played his junior year at St. Anthony, averaging 10.7 points per game and finished up at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire.

At the forward position, SU has only Paschal Chukwu, the 7-foot-2 Providence transfer who missed most of last season after eye surgery, and Bourama Sidibe, an incoming 6-foot-8 freshman.

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