On Friday night, Quaker Valley senior Adou Thiero led the Quakers to a second-round state tournament win over Belle Vernon, posting another impressive stat line in front of several Division One coaches.
Thiero lost 21 points, dished out ten assists, grabbed ten rebounds and blocked seven shots to help his team retire late in the game. Pitt’s associate head coach, Milan Brown, was present and watching Thiero closely. A Duquesne staff member was also monitoring Thiero. With his stellar play at the end of the season, he is attracting more coaches every day.
“I keep in touch with Pitt like I do every day,” Thiero said. Pittsburgh Sports Now. “‘Hi, how are you, how’s the thumb, when’s your next game’, conversations like that.”
In addition to Pitt, Duquesne and the other schools involved, Thiero also began to attract interest in a blue blood program: Kentucky.
“I was definitely very excited,” he said. “Kentucky was my dream school when I was a kid. I went to a camp in Kentucky my freshman year and I just love the program and Coach Cal is a great coach.
A few days ago, while Thiero was in practice, Kentucky’s John Calipari contacted Thiero’s father, Almamy Thiero, who was playing under Calipari in Memphis. The two talked, and Thiero said, his father later told him that Calipari was interested in his talents.
“He just told me they’re interested,” Thiero said. “Just to keep playing the way I play, and more will come.”
After his 31-point performance in the WPIAL Class 4A Championship, Thiero received an offer from Duquesne a day later. On Friday, he said he spoke with the Dukes staff every day and was building a strong relationship with the coaches there.
In addition to these schools, Thiero also holds an offer from UC Santa Barbara and has attracted interest from Indiana, Marquette, Cincinnati, West Virginia, and more.
Scouting 6’5 G Adou Thiero.
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