Hassan Whiteside is a professional basketball player who is a part of the Miami Heat basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). Playing in the most competitive basketball league in the world, Hassan has attained an enviable height in the sports as anyone who knows the game will tell you. His rise to prominence was not so easy as he had an initial rough start. Read on to find out how the African-American came from that rough start to become one of the best defenders in the game.
Hassan Whiteside – Bio
Hassan Whiteside was born on the 13th of June 1989 and was raised in Gastonia in North Carolina. He always knew that he wanted to be a basketball player and so despite having to change high school a few times, he stayed with basketball and ended up playing the beautiful game for three different schools. The lad had the best high school career spell in his home state of Gastonia, North Carolina before his brief spell in Newark, New Jersey for East Side High School when he moved in with his father. When Hassan finished high school, he was rated the 19th best player in the Center position in the recruiting class of 2009 and as number 87 overall by Rivals.com.
Despite a modest rating by respected scouting organizations, Whiteside still had his pick of college basketball programs to select from, and he went with Marshall University from a list that contained South Carolina, Kentucky, Mississippi State, and UNC Charlotte college.
Hassan’s career at the time was not yet worthy of national attention, despite leading one of his high school teams – The Patterson School in Lenoir, North Carolina to a 34-2 record and No 1. National ranking. He eventually gave the national basketball scene something to look at when he posted 14 points, 17 rebounds, and 9 blocked shots in just 29 minutes in a win over the Ohio University Bobcats. It was the beginning of magic for Hassan and by the time the season was over, he was leading the nation in blocked shots.
Following the loss of his head coach at Marshall to another team, Hassan Whiteside decided to forego his college eligibility and declare himself for the 2010 NBA Draft.
Hassan’s professional career since declaring for the NBA has been a topsy-turvy ride. Although he was selected by the Sacramento Kings as the 33rd overall pick in the NBA draft, he did not play more than 19 games for them across two seasons. He spent most of his contract time with the Kings playing for lower league teams, like the Reno Bighorns and Sioux Falls Skyforce.
He also spent some time playing in China and in Lebanon. Despite a lot of back and forth between clubs and countries from 2010-2014, Hassan finally got signed by the Miami Heat on November 24, 2014. It looked like it was going to be another back and forth between clubs when he was assigned to Sioux Falls Skyforce but he was recalled two days later and has been with the Miami Heat ever since.
Perhaps it is the determination from the initial struggles of his professional life or just what happens when someone finally gives you a chance to show what you can do, but Hassan, ever since he was kept on the Miami Heat team has been a formidable asset to the side. Over the course of four seasons he’s spent so far with the Heats, he has played over 250 times with 206 starts, averaging 13.6 points per game and 11.4 rebounds per game. He has won personal honors such as being the NBA rebounding leader in 2017, NBA blocks leader in 2016 and being named into the NBA All-Defensive Second Team in 2016.
Hassan Whiteside stands at an amazing 7 feet with a body weight of 120kg. While there is no denying the presence of honed skill, his body is a significant factor in his rebound and block numbers. He is an African-American with black hair and black eyes.
Over the course of his career with the Heat, Hassan has had four major injuries and missed 24 games in the process. His injury record, while it isn’t the worst has kept him unavailable for the Heat in some important games.
Other Interesting Facts
- Hassan Whiteside was born to a former professional athlete – Hasson Arbubakrr who played football for the Minnesota Vikings in the NFL and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Canadian Football League.
- He was raised by his mother since his parents got separated when he was younger. She raised Hassan, along with six other children.
- The footballer has a younger brother called Nassan who has autism. Nassan inspired Hassan to start a foundation called Nassan’s Place – a non-profit organization that provides low to moderate income families with quality and affordable healthcare.
- Hassan is in a long-term relationship with girlfriend, Ashly Ariza. The couple have been dating since 2016.
- Whiteside has a four year, $98 million contract with the Miami Heat, which he signed in 2016 with an average salary of $25 million.