While his brother Lane is currently in action with the Hannibal-LaGrange University baseball squad, Chase Thebeau just recently wrapped up his second season with the Trojans basketball team.
"I first learned about Clay from his high school coach at Community R-6, coach Jett (James Johnson)," said HLU head coach Jason Durst. "His academic and athletic resume immediately stuck out. He was a strong student and person, as well as a talented player. That is what made us pursue him as a potential member of our basketball program."
This season Clay Thebeau did not have any starts and only played in nine games for the Trojans. In those 72 minutes the former area standout went 9-for-24 from the floor, including 4-for-7 from three-point territory, and 4-for-7 from the free throw line. He also racked up 11 rebounds, six assists, two blocks and a steal.
"As an athlete, Clay has proven to be an effective scorer and deceptive athlete. He has a great pull-up jump shot, and a knack for finishing around the basket. Being a lefty helps," Durst said. "He needs to continue to improve on his ball handling and defense. He has shown a strong desire to get better and is very coachable."
This season HLU went 8-18 overall, 5-17 American Midwest Conference. According to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics website, the Trojans also made 641 of the 1,517 field goals they attempted, including 213-of-619 three-pointers, and went 340-for-505 from the charity stripe.
"Clay moved up to our varsity team after playing his freshman year on the JV. So, his role has changed as he has moved up," said Durst. "On the JV team team he was a primary scorer, but at the varsity level he has been more of a shooter/role player. We anticipate him making a jump in his role next year as a junior, to playing a more consistent role on the wing as a scorer."
Because he's listed as a 6-foot sophomore guard at www.hlgtrojans.com, one factor working in Clay Thebeau's favor is that this team will graduate four seniors, thee of which play guard. This includes De'Shawn Terell (5-foot-9), D'Avonte Garland (6-foot-1), Tim Pace (6-foot-4) and forward Tyler Hill (6-foot-0).
"Clay has a great work ethic and wants to get better. That mentality has allowed him to improve each year and make the needed adjustments to become an important part of our team," Dust said. "His ability to be a strong student, good athlete, and great person will give him the foundation he needs to be successful at whatever he pursues after his time here at HLGU."