Belpre’s Therriault signs with A-B

BELPRE – Nick Therriault, a three-year starter at Belpre High School, is heading for Alderson-Broaddus University in Philippi to play basketball for the Battlers.

The 6-3, 215-pound Therriault was the leading scorer for head coach Jordan Thornhill’s Golden Eagle cagers as both a junior and senior.

Therriault was a move-in from Myrtle Beach, S.C., for his sophomore year, and started all of his years at Belpre.

Thornhill remembered that “the first day or two after moving to town, Nick came in and said he was interested in playing basketball. I saw him go up and get two hands on the rim, and said, ‘You’re in. You can play for us.’

“He was a very talented player who brought a lot to our team and had a good three-year run here at Belpre.”

Therriault, who wishes he “could be a couple inches taller” now that he’s college-bound, “had three or four schools to pick from. I talked to the A-B head coach (Greg Zimmerman) first, then looked up his record at A-B and it was 304-98 (in 13 seasons). And since I wanted to go to a winning program right off the bat, A-B was it.

“There’s a couple (colleges) in Kentucky that I could have chosen too, but this is two hours away while the ones in Kentucky are about four or five hours away. I definitely want to come back home on weekends when I can, and visit family and friends.”

Therriault is going into secondary education “to try to become a teacher.” He also has talked to Belpre athletic director Stephanie Evans, “asking her what classes I need to take to become an athletic director, and I’d like to coach too.”

For Therriault, he “loved playing basketball at Belpre. Probably my favorite year here was as a junior, playing with Dakota Hoffman, and also my sophomore year, playing with Jake Ullman.”

As a senior, Therriault got on a hot shooting streak toward the end of the regular season, pumping in 36 points and then 30 on back-to-back nights in mid-February.

After his sophomore year, Therriault was more of a team leader in “basically a picking guys up when they were down sense, and encouraging them not to give up.”

Therriault noted some of A-B “other recruits are from big-city, big-time programs while I’m from a smaller town. So I definitely have to go in there and work my butt off to get playing time.”

He said the Battlers’ staff is looking at him as a shooting guard or small forward. “But they run a flex (offense), so all five people play all five positions, so you play everywhere a little bit,” he explained.

“At 6-3 and pretty athletic, Nick should make a contribution at the next level,” said Thornhill of Therriault. “I think he can absolutely play at the next level. Athletically and strength-wise, I think he’s there. But he’s got work to do if he really wants to make a real contribution.

“Nick does a lot of different things well, especially shoot the ball and particularly from mid-range – that was the best part of his game. He has good ball-handling skills, is a good athlete, and a talented offensive player.

“And he was a tough matchup – was tough to guard. He had size or strength, or speed or quickness on most people that he played against.

Therriault was Thornhill’s first player in his three years at the Belpre cage helm to go on to college to play. “So that’s pretty neat,” said the coach.