Thomas de Theay leaving NC State [Updated 2:45pm]

When all is said and done, DeShawn Painter’s impatience and Amile Jefferson’s last minute change of heart and ultimate spurn of NC State may end up deciding the ultimate fate of the 2012-2013 Wolfpack.

Rumors are circulating that reserve power forward, Thomas de Theay (‘TDT’), is leaving the NC State Basketball program. The timing of the rumors certainly make sense as the academic calendar is between semesters. Additionally, TDT did not see action in a hotly contested game on Friday night against UNC-Asheville.

Although de Theay has played sparingly, his big body, general athleticism and solid stroke from the perimeter could have made a valuable impact for the Wolfpack as the season progressed.

Mark Gottfried’s press conference comments just 15 minutes ago may lend some credence to this rumor as he specifically cited Jordan Vandenberg with no mention of ‘TDT’.

“We need to get some more time for Vandenberg as our third big, sort of in the role DeShawn Painter had last year.”

If the rumors are true, TDT’s void leaves Vandenberg as the only natural post player on the bench for Mark Gottfried’s Wolfpack. I guess we could see some experimenting with TJ Warren as part of the rotation on the post resulting in a small, but offensively powerful lineup.


In the time since this original entry was posted, TDT’s departure has been publicly announced from multiple media outlets. Link here to Technician.

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38 Responses to Thomas de Theay leaving NC State [Updated 2:45pm]

  1. DRW 11/26/2012 at 3:41 PM #

    Anyone else worried about possible chemistry problems with this team derailing a promising season?

    Or is it just me?

  2. wufpup76 11/26/2012 at 4:26 PM #

    ^I think most of us are …

    We need a player in the locker room to take the reigns of this team STAT. We’re missing a lot with the departures of Williams, Johnson, and Painter.

  3. pack44fan 11/26/2012 at 4:29 PM #

    Can’t blame the kid. He didn’t play much last year, he hasn’t played much this year and Gott appears comfortable with a 7 to 8 man rotation. It also looks like with the recruits coming in next year, he would get very little playing time. I can see this becoming a yearly problem if he only goes 7 to 8 deep. Good luck TDT.

  4. TeufelWolf 11/26/2012 at 4:46 PM #

    I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt by assuming the news about his father is truthful. I wish he and his family the best.

  5. choppack1 11/26/2012 at 7:14 PM #

    This isn’t good. If you watched the scrimmages, he showed an ability to score and better overall skills than any of our other big men.

    I mentioned in the UNCA thread on the forums that I was concerned about the 7 man rotation that included our starting 5, Warren and Lewis. Now, DeTheay has evidently had enough of sitting.

    I have no clue if DeTheay lack of playing time was justified, but this is the 3rd player to leave NC State (from a pretty small roster) in less than a year…all 3 have been big men.

    Many of our fans thought Julius Mays didn’t have enough skills to play at NC State and now he’s at Kentucky, I don’t know where DeTheay ends up, but we’ll miss him.

  6. mak4dpak 11/26/2012 at 7:36 PM #

    I thought TDT always had the potential, but when given the chance to prove himself, and earn more playing time, he was a disappointment. I don’t see the season gone down the drain, as some seem to sense, nor were we picked to finish first, based on DTD’s presence on the team. We will be fine, if our upper classmen will start showing up again play to their capabilities, unlike the last 2 game. Leslie/Brown/Wood need to man up, and do their job. We have a championship to win, and it can be done without TDT. But I wish him well, as well as the health of his father.

  7. Dick Sheridan 11/26/2012 at 7:47 PM #

    With the guys coming in next year, TDT wouldn’t have gotten much playing time. The Josh Davis transfer has come back to bite us now.

  8. Metalhead 11/26/2012 at 8:42 PM #

    Not that TDT wasn’t a decent player, but its his decision. With that being said, doesn’t that free up a potential scholarship for next season? If we are limited on scholarships (and I haven’t done the math on this) but doesn’t that mean we can go after 2 more players including Randle, instead of just Randle? That would be a monster class!

  9. choppack1 11/26/2012 at 9:13 PM #

    I’m not worried about next year right now, but rather this year. And for this year, this decision sucks.

    We needed him in our rotation this year. I don’t see us making much of a run with our bench this year. We now have worse depth than we did last year.

    Oh well, if it’s really an issue with his father’s health, he can come back – but I don’t think anyone on this board is counting on that.

  10. wolfpack2002 11/26/2012 at 9:55 PM #

    His twitter post says he’s going back to Europe to be closer to his father who is battling cancer.

    Also, I have to nit-pick just a smidge, his surname is spelled “de Thaey,” not “de Theay”

  11. Tau837 11/26/2012 at 9:58 PM #

    Man, the Chicken Littles are out.

    TDT may have played well in scrimmages, but he had yet to do it in an actual game. I wish he would have stayed, provided he would have done so with a good attitude, but I’m not sure that would have been the case. If he would not have had a good attitude, we’re better off without him. It’s as simple as that.

    Don’t get me wrong, I wish him well. But his departure will have very little impact on how our season goes, barring a season ending injury to Howell or Leslie.

    We absolutely do not have worse depth than last year. Comparing Warren to Painter is a bit of apples and oranges, but IMO Warren is clearly better. Johnson was obviously more experienced than Lewis, but IMO Lewis is a better player, and he should only get better going forward.

    Bottom line is that the success of our season hinges on whether or not Brown returns to form, first and foremost. And to a lesser degree whether or not Leslie asserts himself more than he has so far this year. Neither of those things has anything to do with TDT.

  12. JeremyH 11/26/2012 at 10:03 PM #

    Thomas de heck with him. Just kidding, best of luck to you kid. Definitely the failure to add another big guy at the end of recruiting period has left us thin. Dennis Horner and his flaming basketball is not walking through that door.

  13. JSRy2k 11/26/2012 at 10:29 PM #

    Quit talkin’ about Painter, y’all! It churns my gut thinking we could have been a legit national title contender with him.

    Our ceiling has taken a significant hit. Anything beyond a Sweet 16 would be gravy and an ACC championship would be an overachievement.

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