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Syracuse's Taurean Thompson taking leave of absence

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse's Taurean Thompson, who had a solid freshman season for the Orange, is taking a leave of absence from the university, coach Jim Boeheim announced Monday in a brief statement.

"My understanding is he wants to go to school closer to home due to some family health issues," Boeheim said.

Thompson, a 6-foot-9 forward from New York City, played in all 34 of the Orange's games in 2016-17, starting 21 times. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.8 rebounds in playing 17.9 minutes a game and shot 54.6 percent from the field, often showing a deft touch around the basket.

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Leaders
Points: A. White III18.5
Rebounds: T. Lydon8.6
Assists: J. Gillon5.4
FG%: A. White III44.1%
FT%: J. Gillon86.1%
3P%: J. Gillon41.9%
Steals: A. White III1.6
Blocks: P. Chukwu2.0
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Villanova32-4
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Kansas31-5
4 Arizona32-5
5 North Carolina33-7
6 Kentucky32-6
7 Duke28-9
8 UCLA31-5
9 Oregon33-6
10 Louisville25-9
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 North Carolina33-7
2 Gonzaga37-2
3 Oregon33-6
4 Kansas31-5
5 Kentucky32-6
6 South Carolina26-11
7 Arizona32-5
8 Villanova32-4
9 UCLA31-5
10 Florida27-9
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Atlantic Coast Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Boston College 0-0 0-0
Louisville 0-0 0-0
Clemson 0-0 0-0
Duke 0-0 0-0
Pittsburgh 0-0 0-0
Syracuse 0-0 0-0
Virginia 0-0 0-0
Virginia Tech 0-0 0-0
Wake Forest 0-0 0-0
Georgia Tech 0-0 0-0
Florida State 0-0 0-0
Notre Dame 0-0 0-0
North Carolina 0-0 0-0
North Carolina State 0-0 0-0
Miami (FL) 0-0 0-0
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