Start the game time music and que the announcer. Two minutes left on the pregame clock and the starting lineups are being called. At 6'8 starting at power forward, number Fourteen, Arsalan Kazemi...........Wait who?
Twenty-one games played, 57% field goal percentage, 75% from the line, 244 rebounds and 348 points on the season. These stats belong to the Conference USA leader in double double’s on the season, Arsalan Kazemi. No you read that right. Kazemi. Not many teams, in fact, NO other team can boast a towering 6’7, Iranian native posting these kinds of numbers. Kazemi is the first Iranian to play Division 1 basketball in the United States. That being said, Kazemi isn’t shy on the court. The Sophomore Forward from Rice is turning heads and all around showing out on the basketball court for the Owls. He leads the conference in rebounds as well averaging 11.4 per game. As if that wasn’t enough, he currently ranks 8th on the Conference USA scoring charts averaging 16.4 points per game. You can also find him ranked number 20 on the NCAA’s top sophomores. His 36 assists also prove that his court awareness is unmatched. In a rebuilding year, he is just what the Owls needed to keep them above five hundred. With 2 years ahead of him at the Division 1 level, look to Kazemi to be a huge asset to the Rice Owls basketball team in the upcoming years. His presence is already vital to the Owls and his growth as a scorer, rebounder and leader has proven impressive. Check out Kazemi at the next Rice home game.