Beaver basketball lets go of key players in transfer portal

Head coach Scott Rueck speaks to the team during a timeout in OSU’s game against University of Southern California in Gill Coliseum on February 18, 2024.
Head coach Scott Rueck speaks to the team during a timeout in OSU’s game against University of Southern California in Gill Coliseum on February 18, 2024.
Taylor Cockrell

Editor’s note: This story has been updated from its original posting.

Update (April 11, 12:10 p.m. PST): Timea Gardiner and Adlee Blacklock have both entered the portal according to their Instagrams.

Update (April 5, 1:13 p.m. PST): Chol Marial has now entered the transfer portal as of Wednesday afternoon.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude for the unwavering love and support that I have received from everyone at Oregon State,” Marial said in an Instagram post. “Regardless of where my journey takes me next, the memories and relationships I have formed at OSU will always hold a special place in my heart.”

Original story here: The Oregon State basketball seasons have come to a close. The women’s team saw a third-ever Elite 8 run, and the Pac-12 conference realignment remains in progress as transfer season begins.

According to 247 Sports, the mixture of men’s and women’s basketball players include, Talia Von Oelhoffen, Jordan Pope, Tyler Bilodeau, Christian Wright, Justin Rochelin, Dexter Akanno, Jayden Stevens and KC Ibekwe.

Von Oelhoffen and Pope have both made posts on their social media, spurring a combination of heartbreak and support from fans.

“I can’t even begin to express the gratitude I feel for the love and support you have shown me over the past 3 years. It has been a joy to play in front of you and to represent this university. I wouldn’t trade the experiences I’ve had and the relationships I’ve built here for anything,” Von Oelhoffen said. “Given the circumstances, I have decided that it is best for me & my future to close this chapter of my life. I will be entering the portal as a graduate transfer to use my last year of eligibility elsewhere.”

Von Oelhoffen is graduating from Oregon State University with a degree in business and psychology and decided to use her one remaining year of eligibility elsewhere. Von Oelhoffen played in 35 games this season, averaging 10.7 points per game.

“From the moment I got to OSU, the incredible fans, people within the Corvallis community, staff, along with my peers have done nothing but embrace me, accept me, allow me to be myself, and I have been very fortunate to call a place like that HOME,” Pope said. “Though the seasons weren’t what we wanted, through the wins and losses, the past two years have been nothing but amazing for me as you have helped an 18 year old kid fight adversity, overcome hardships, learn, grow and elevate himself beyond measures…The bond, brotherhood and memories will last a lifetime and know I’ll always have your back.”

Pope leaves OSU with two years of eligibility left. In the past season with the Beavers, he played in 32 games averaging 17.6 PPG.

“After going home to spend time with family and having extensive talks about my future, my family and I have decided the best decision for my career moving forward is to enter my name into the transfer portal,” Pope said.

Though Beaver Nation will miss the players, they wish them well in their future endeavors through comments and support on social media.

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