Before dominating Arizona all over the football field yesterday, the Oregon Ducks picked up a commitment from Arsalan Kazemi, a 6-7, 220 lbs senior transfer from Rice University. Kazemi averaged a double-double the past two seasons for the Rice Owls and was voted second team all conference both years. He is an athletic forward who runs well and attacks the rim.
Matt Prehm of DuckTerritory has more:
Kazemi will apply for a hardship to the NCAA to be eligible to play this coming season. If that hardship isn't approved he will redshirt at Oregon for the 2012-2013 season and be a fifth year senior in 2013-2014.
Last season Kazemi averaged 12.1 points and 10. rebounds per game in 29 minutes. As a sophomore during the 2010-11 season he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds.
Kazemi is the first Iran national to play college basketball in the United States.
If his hardship is approved, Kazemi, who visited over the weekend, will add much needed depth and experience to Oregon's front court. With only one year of eligibility remaining, you know he will see the floor right away. With the recent addition of Waverly Austin, and seniors Kyle Singler, Carlos Emory, and Tony Woods already on the team, Dana Altman and the Ducks have fielded a very athletic and experienced front court to complement the relative youth in the backcourt. With Kazemi, the Ducks are now a legitimate NCAA team and should be competitive in the Pac-12 all year.
After the jump, check out Arsalan's highlight video.