Dana Altman and the Oregon Ducks basketball team got a huge boost on Thursday courtesy of the NCAA. Forward Arsalan Kazemi transferred to Oregon after playing three seasons for Rice. Most transfers must sit out one season before they are eligible to play. With the help of Oregon, Kazemi successfully filed a waiver to be declared immediately eligible for play.
Kazemi will provide a strong foundation and veteran experience for the Ducks to build on. In his three seasons the 6-foot-7 forward is averaging a double double with 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds. Oregon, who has in the past been one of the smaller teams in the PAC-12 is now developing good size. Adding Arsalan Kazemi to the mix adds one more big body other teams will have to deal with.
Kazemi is the first native Iranian to play Division 1 basketball, earning second team all-Conference USA the past two years. You can see his highlights here.
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