Warith Alatishe is off to a promising start for the Oregon State Beavers.
The 6’7”, 2007-pound forward from Houston, Texas has been a bright spot for the Beavers this season. He has developed a nice connection with senior point guard Ethan Thompson, and the two make for a tough matchup in pick-and-roll scenarios.
Oh, and he already has a game-winner in his collegiate career in Corvallis, Oregon. Too bad Beaver Nation wasn’t there to see this one:
And a really nice put-back slam:
On this week’s Talkin’ Beavers with host Ron Callan, Oregon State men’s basketball head coach Wayne Tinkle explains more on how Alatishe came to be a Beav and what he has meant to the team so far this season:
“He’s a guy that was under the radar out of high school,” said Tinkle. “In fact, his AAU coach had to talk Nicholls State into signing him just five days before classes started his freshman year. Then, obviously, they did a great job with him…”
Alatishe transferred to Oregon State after spending two seasons 2,537 miles east at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana.
With the Colonels, he started 29 of the 31 games and averaged 10.9 points and 8.3 rebounds as a sophomore in 2019-20, while shooting 55.7 percent from the field.
In his first season with the Beavers, Alatishe is currently averaging 8.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 25 total blocks through 14 games while also averaging 25.4 minutes per game.
“When he entered that portal, our coaching staff jumped on it,” continued Tinkle. “We jumped in there early. He was going through a lot - at the time he was at Nicholls - Louisiana was one of the hotbeds early on for COVID. As he was looking to make his decision, Houston, particularly, in Texas kind of blew up. So they weren’t just looking for the right opportunity but for a safe environment…
The rest is history and the sky is the limit with Alatishe in orange and black.
The Beavers are currently sitting in the middle of the Pac-12 Conference with an 8-6 overall record and 4-4 in Pac-12 play.
Next up, Oregon State will take on the No. 23 UCLA Bruins (12-3, 8-1 Pac-12 play) on Saturday, January 30 at 4 p.m. (PT) in Los Angeles, CA.