We now have a final decision from maybe the final 2016 recruiting target for the Michigan State Spartans.
Taurean Thompson has reportedly pledged to the Syracuse Orange, per Mike Waters of Syracuse.com.
Taurean Thompson has decided to attend Syracuse, per his mom. Story coming soon.— Mike Waters (@MikeWatersSYR) July 1, 2016
The Spartans hosted the four-star big man for a weekend visit in early June, and a decision from Thompson was expected to come shortly thereafter with MSU having the momentum.
But Thompson held off and ended up waiting another month before opting for the Cuse, who had been viewed as the heavy favorite for Thompson prior to his East Lansing trip.
A 6-10, 200-pound big man from Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, Thompson included MSU in his final three schools in consideration, along with Syracuse and Seton Hall. Spartans head coach Tom Izzo was hoping to add one more big to his thin frontcourt, and MSU still has one last scholarship left for next year's team.
Ranked 59th in the 2016 class by 247, Thompson was the MVP of the Regional-Jordan Brand Classic game in April and participated in the Pangos All-American Camp last summer. Georgetown, Providence, Xavier, Arizona, Kansas, Oklahoma and UConn were also among those to offer scholarships to Thompson.