Hassan Niam Whiteside, the son of Hasson Arbubakrr and Debby Whiteside, was born in 1989 in Gastonia, North Carolina. Whiteside, who has six brothers and three sisters, graduated from The Patterson School in 2009 after leading the team to a 34-2 record and a No. 1 national ranking. Inspired by his brother Nassan, Hassan has been active in causes which bring awareness to Autism and its implications. His family's charity, Nassan's Place, aims to "raise funds for support services and resources for those affected by autism". In the summer of 2018, he traveled to South Africa for the 16th edition of the NBA's Basketball Without Borders Africa program and participated in the 2018 NBA Africa game. You can follow Whiteside on Twitter @youngwhiteside and on Instagram @hassanwhiteside. Whiteside spent just one season at Marshall, where he was named the Conference USA Defensive Player of the Year in 2009-10. Across 34 games, Whiteside averaged 13.2 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.4 blocks in 26.1 minutes. He established school records for single-season and career blocks and was named the Conference USA Freshman of the Year. Whiteside's 182 blocks set the Conference USA single-season record and were the second-most ever by a freshman and the fourth-most in NCAA history. He was selected as an AP Honorable Mention All-American and made the All-Conference USA Second Team. Whiteside also led the country in triple-doubles with three. He notched the first of these efforts in both Marshall and Conference USA history on Dec. 16, 2009.