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    May 18, 2011

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Thomas de Thaey, a member Belgium's under-20 National Team, has signed a letter of intent to play basketball for the Wolfpack next season. The 6'8, 235-lb. power forward attended the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he averaged over 15 points and eight rebounds per game.

    "We are excited to have Thomas join our program," said Wolfpack men's basketball coach Mark Gottfried. "He is a very physical, yet skilled player who brings some toughness to our team. He's an excellent shooter who can make an immediate contribution."

    De Thaey (pronounced Duh THAY), who was also recruited by Washington, will play in the European Under 20 Championships again this summer before joining the Pack in the fall. He averaged 18.4 points and 6.8 rebounds per game for the Belgium squad in 2010.

    ¨Playing in the ACC and having the opportunity to learn from a staff that has over 30 years of head coaching experience on the D1 level was a very big factor in my decision," said De Thaey. ¨Coach Gottfried wants to build a program that will compete for the ACC Championship and I want to be a part of it."

    ¨This is a tremendous opportunity for Tom," said Canarias Basketball Academy Director and coach Rob Orellana. "He has put himself in this position by working as hard as he has this year. North Carolina State is getting a tremendous kid with an unmatched work ethic. His ability to stretch the defense past the three-point line and make plays at his size will be a valuable asset for Coach Gottfried."

     

     

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