So, the Seton Hall Pirates were in the news on Monday for a variety of reasons.
The Asbury Park Press published a report that incoming 2017 recruit Darnell Brodie has elected not to enroll at the university. Brodie, instead, will head down to the famed Montverde Academy in Florida. That news was first put out into the fray this past weekend by hoops ace Adam Zagoria.
Both Seton Hall signee Darnell Brodie and @StJohnsBBall target Josh Roberts are playing for Kevin Boyle Jr. At @MVABasketball https://t.co/PwADFhwhx3— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) August 26, 2017
Brodie had originally committed to Seton Hall back on Christmas Day. Without him in the fold now, the Pirates’ depth down low certainly takes a hit. The 6-foot-9, 250-pound center was expected to add to the length that The Hall had in tow. With Angel Delgado, Michael Nzei and Ismael Sanogo in the fold, the Pirates will turn to freshman Sandro Mamukelashvili in 2017, with JUCO transfer Romaro Gill possibly in the mix too.
So, what’s next for the Pirates frontcourt? Well, it seems like something is on the rise.
Donna Ditota of Syracuse.com published a story Monday stating that Syracuse big man Taurean Thompson withdrew from the university.
Taurean Thompson, the promising 6-9 forward, has withdrawn from Syracuse and likely won't be back.— Donna Ditota (@DonnaDitota1) August 28, 2017
My story: https://t.co/bMJmB0tjJI
Via the article, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim is quoted as saying the reasoning behind Thompson’s transfer is due to family health reasons:
"We have been informed that Taurean is taking a leave of absence from Syracuse University," SU coach Jim Boeheim said in a statement. "My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues."
Thompson, you may remember, was a Pirates target prior to his commitment to the Orange. Reags of Barstool Sports reported Monday afternoon that the Pirates are already in the mix for him again. The tweet indicates that Thompson was on SHU’s campus Monday:
Source: Taurean Thompson is on Seton Hall's campus with him expected to announce his transfer to SH within the next week.— BarstoolReags (@BarstoolReags) August 28, 2017
Should this transfer go down, Taurean would have to sit out in the 2017-18 season before being eligible to play out his remaining three years of eligibility.
We’ll see how this one plays out.