Help is on the way, Beavers fans.
Five-star 2021 signee Talia Von Oelhoffen has graduated from high school early and will immediately enroll at Oregon State where she can play right away as long as she passes the necessary tests and follows protocol, the school announced Friday afternoon.
"Talia is a very special person and player, and we are all excited to welcome her to campus," said Oregon State head coach Scott Rueck via press release. "We have been looking forward to having her here since she committed to Oregon State, and now we are happy she will be joining us about five months earlier than we had originally planned. As the prospect of a high school basketball season dimmed for her, the opportunity to grow and develop alongside her teammates at the next level became increasingly appealing. Talia is excited to join us, and we are ready to welcome her to the Oregon State women's basketball family. I personally would like to thank all those who helped Talia navigate the details of this process."
Von Oelhoffen, the nation's tenth-ranked prospect for the 2021 class, has no shortage of accomplishments from her high school career: five-star recruit, three-time Adidas All-American, three-time conference Player of the Year, Washington 2B Player of the Year honors, and state champion. In just three seasons of high school basketball, Von Oelhoffen recorded 2,392 points, placing her on pace to become the all-time leading scorer in Washington State history. She earned Washington 4A All-State honors, and was the Adidas Gauntlet leading scorer in 2019. Von Oelhoffen helped her team reach the Adidas National Championship Finals three times, and was the 1v1 champion at both the Wootten Top 150 Camp and the Adidas All-American Camp.
Former Oregon State Beaver Jamie Weisner has watched Von Oelhoffen grow up, as she described in the Talkin' Beavers Podcast, and thinks she will be a stud in Corvallis.
"I actually played with her older sister in AAU days so I knew her since she was maybe five years old and she was just a little girl at the hotel pool," explained Weisner. "I got an opportunity to reconnect with her a couple of years ago, through a trainer and her mom, so I did a lot of workouts with her. She's just a very nice, mature, kind girl. Works hard and obviously her skills are some of the best in the nation.
"I think she's like a perfect fit for Oregon State. If all goes well I think she'll come in and do her thing right away so I'm very excited to watch her, especially at Oregon State."
Get excited, Beavs fans.