Former Rice forward Arsalan Kazemi will transfer to Oregon


Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi will land at Oregon, the Register-Guard is reporting.

Kazemi, a 6-7, 220-pound native of Iran, averaged 12.1 points and 10.3 points per game last season for a Rice team that went 19-16 on the year.

He has averaged near a double-double in each of his three seasons with Rice, being named to the All-Conference USA Second Team last season.

“There have been more than 450 basketball transfers — a record high — in collegiate athletics over the past year, and unfortunately, Rice is not immune,” said Rice athletic Rick Greenspan in a statement at the time of Kazemi’s transfer.

“We take pride in the high graduation rate of our Rice student-athletes, and we’re always sad when a student-athlete leaves without finishing his or her degree, but we wish Arsalan all the best.”

Kazemi chose Oregon over Texas, Ohio State, Cincinnati, Kentucky, and Florida, becoming the sixth player to transfer from Rice this offseason.

As Jeff Goodman at pointed out, Oregon does not start classes until Monday, putting the Ducks at the top of his list. He will reportedly look to get a waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play immediately.

Oregon finished last season with an overall record of 24-10, including 13-5 in the Pac-12. The Ducks lost in the NIT quarterfinal to in-conference rival Washington.

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