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November 26, 2012

Thomas De Thaey departs Wolfpack



NC State sophomore power forward Thomas De Thaey has left the Wolfpack men's basketball team after five games.

The 6-foot-8, 244-pound De Thaey was head coach Mark Gottfried's first recruit up arriving at NC State in 2011, after he picked the Wolfpack over Washington. He informed his teammates Sunday and his departure was confirmed by Gottfried on Monday.

"Thomas let our staff know Sunday that he felt it was important to return home to be with his family at this time," Gottfried said. "I wish him the best."

The Dendermonde, Belgium native, who attended the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, averaged 1.2 points and 1.2 rebounds in 5.6 minutes per game while playing 19 games for NC State's Sweet 16 squad last year. He struggled with his shooting during sporadic minutes, connecting on 27.3 percent of his field goal tries and 15.4 from three-point range.

De Thaey was expected to take on a bigger role this season after center/power forward DeShawn Painter (Old Dominion) and forward Tyler Harris (Providence) transferred last spring. Instead, freshman forward T.J. Warren has usurped the extra playing time available at power forward.

De Thaey was the last scholarship player off the bench in the season opener, coming in with a little over nine minutes left in the game against Miami (Ohio) on Nov. 9. He came firing and had 10 points and two three-pointers in nine minutes of playing time in the 97-59 blowout victory.

De Thaey had his most extended playing time of his Wolfpack career with 15 minutes in the 76-56 loss to Oklahoma State on Nov. 18 in the title game of the Puerto Rico Tip-Off tourney. He had five points and three rebounds against the Cowboys.

De Thaey also didn't play at all in wins over UMass and UNC Asheville.


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