New N.C. State basketball coach Mark Gottfried landed a top national recruit from Durham on Monday.
Gottfried had to look harder for forward Thomas de Thaey, who has signed a Letter of Intent to play for the Wolfpack this season. Gottfried added de Thaey on Wednesday from Belgium's national program via the Canary Islands. The 6-8 power forward joins wing Tyler Harris and guard Jaqwan Raymond in State's class of 2011 commitments.
“He is a very physical, yet skilled player who brings some toughness to our team," Gottfried said in a statement released by the school. "He’s an excellent shooter who can make an immediate contribution."
The Pack returns forwards C.J. Leslie, Richard Howell, Jordan Vandenberg and DeShawn Painter but loses power forward Tracy Smith, the leading scoring the last two years, from last year's 15-16 team and recruit Joseph Uchebo, who was released from his LOI shortly after Gottfried replaced Sidney Lowe.
De Thaey averaged 18.4 points and 6.8 rebounds for Belgium's Under-20 team in 2010. He was also being recruited by the University of Washington.
"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," De Thaey said in a statement released by the school. "Coach Gottfried wants to build a program that will compete for the ACC Championship and I want to be a part of it."
State still has three open scholarships for Gottfried's first season. Earlier in the week, Gottfried landed guard Torian Graham, a top 30 recruit from Durham, in the class of 2012.