Former Northwest High School basketball standout Tariq Silver announced on Friday his decision to transfer to Oregon State.
The 6-foot-5 guard played his sophomore season at Tallahassee Community College where he averaged 12.1 points/game on efficient shooting, knocking down 49.1 percent from the field and 45.5 percent from 3-point range. He grabbed 4.2 rebounds/game while handing out 1.8 assists. As a freshman, he played at Eastern Michigan where he averaged 3.3 points/game.
“(Oregon State) got involved in my process very early,” Silver said. “Contact started with them Sept. 13… We started developing a relationship really early so it became easy for me to trust them, especially with everything going on with the virus and not being able to take a visit. We had a really good relationship. I trusted them… It was a situation that I couldn’t turn down.”
The Beavers went 18-13 and 7-11 in the PAC-12 in 2019-20. They were scheduled to play Oregon in the first round of the conference tournament before it was canceled.
Silver appreciates that he’ll need to step in and fill a sizable role from day one. The situation is similar to what he experienced at Northwest and Tallahassee, which helped him make his decision.
“They need me to come in and be an impact player right away,” he said.
“They need somebody who’s going to be a leader for the team. They’re only losing two seniors so most of the team is coming back, they know what they need because they’re already established and that’s a situation I want to be a part of... They needed me to be my best so they can be good. That’s something I would want to be a part of, especially with my goal of trying to play professionally. I need to go out there and have to be my best every single day and that’s an opportunity I couldn’t turn down.”
The level of competition provided by the PAC-12 helped draw Silver to Corvallis. He stated that he’s always dreamed about playing against professional caliber players on a nightly basis and he’s excited for that opportunity.
“To be the best you’ve got to beat the best and that’s a situation I want to be a part of,” he said.
“I’m ready to win this PAC-12 championship.”