NC State sophomore forward Thomas de Thaey has decided to leave the Wolfpack basketball program head coach Mark Gottfried announced Monday.
DeThaey will return to Belgium to be with his father, who is ill, and to pursue professional basketball opportunities in his homeland.
“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.”
De Thaey, a 6-8 native of Dendermonde, played in 22 games as a member of the Pack with a career average of 1.7 points per game and 1.3 rebounds per contest. In NC State’s season-opening win over Miami of Ohio, de Thaey scored a career-high 10 points.
There were rumors swirling that TDT was unhappy here at State and was thinking about heading home. Those rumors came to fruition today when NC State announced that he’d be heading home to Belgium and leaving the basketball team.
This hurts. Thomas was a talented player who hadn’t yet figured out ACC play, but was going to be a key reserve as the season went on. If State has one glaring weakness, it’s frontcourt depth. That weakness was just dealt another blow with this news. Now, State will need to lean on Jordan Vandenberg to handle all of the back-up center duties. Vandy has the talent and the body to be able to give good minutes for State, but he also has is still waiting for it all to come together. We’ll have more on this as the day goes by…