N.C. State freshman forward Thomas de Thaey has been cleared by the NCAA and will play in tonight's game against Texas in the TicketCity Legends Classic.
De Thaey, from Belgium, sat out the first four games while going through the NCAA Clearinghouse process. N.C. State (3-1) plays the Longhorns at 6:30 p.m. at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, N.J.
De Thaey, a 6-8 forward, played for the Belgian Under-20 national team and at the Canarias Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, which caused the delay with the NCAA, which had to clear his amateur status.
First-year coach Mark Gottfried signed de Thaey in May, shortly after taking the job with the Wolfpack and likes de Thaey's size (he's listed at 239 pounds) and maturity (he's 20).
In the Wolfpack's only preseason game, de Thaey had eight points and four rebounds in 19 minutes.