"I think it's cool. it's engaging": Talia Von Oelhoffen opens up about her Fortnite-style post of top four destinations following transfer decision

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Talia Von Oelhoffen opens up about her Fortnite-style post.

Oregon State Beavers guard Talia Von Oelhoffen transferred to the USC Trojans earlier this month. However, when she announced her desire to enter the transfer portal in April, she did so in a unique manner, using a Fortnite graphic to state her top four destinations.

Her top four destinations were Kentucky, Louisville, USC and Colorado. However, she decided to join USC as soon as she visited Los Angeles (according to On3). JuJu Watkins reportedly played a major role in landing Von Oelhoffen within hours of her entrance into the transfer portal. The Beavers were knocked out of the NCAA Tournament in the Elite Eight by eventual champion South Carolina.

The 5-foot-11 guard was open with the fans throughout the transfer process.

“I think it’s cool for the fans to get to see that,” Von Oelhoffen said. “Also, people are gonna say what they’re gonna say or speculate things about me anyway. … If people are going to talk about it or speculate, I might as well just share it. It’s not like it’s a big secret thing. I think it’s cool. It’s engaging, especially in this era of social media and in branding yourself.”

Talia Von Oelhoffen's tough discussions with teammates

Because of her position as a leader for Oregon State, Von Oelhoffen knew that she might face criticism from her teammates because of her decision. However, she made sure that there was no bad blood.

“I talked a lot in the meeting honestly, and then I let them all say their piece,” von Oelhoffen said. “It was very much telling them to just be ready for what’s coming and just giving advice on how we should all handle it and how we need to carry ourselves through it.
"Just reassuring ourselves that we know this is the right decision. This is our decision. So, what other people are saying shouldn’t carry weight and doesn’t matter.”

The guard, who was All-Pac-12 as a junior and freshman and honorable mention as a sophomore, averaged 10.7 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 5.0 assists while shooting 38.7%.

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