Saturday, March 23, 2013

Rebounder From Iran Powers Oregon With Double-Doubles - UPDATE

The Iranian-born Arsalan Kazemi, a 6-foot-7 forward with “a magnetic rebounding grip” helped 12th-seeded Oregon upset 5th-seeded Oklahoma State on Thursday in its game opener at the NCAA tournament. Oregon and Kazemi will be back today at 7:10 p.m. EST to play against the 4th-seeded Saint Louis at HP Pavilion in San Jose, CA.

“I jump to get the ball,” Kazemi said after Oregon routed Oklahoma State. “I apologize if I get their rebound, but I just jump to get it. That’s how it works.” (The New York Times, 23 March)

“Just the type of young man that he is — quiet, humble, gracious — he’s hard not to like,” said Oregon Coach Dana Altman. “And the unselfish part of it on the basketball floor, everybody can see. And those are qualities that every team needs.”

On Thursday, Kazemi had a game-high 17 rebounds. Through four college years, the first three at Rice and now at Oregon, he has averaged 11.7 points and 9.9 rebounds per game.

UPDATE: Oregon defeated St. Louis 74-57, advancing to Sweet 16. Kazemi had a stellar performance with rebounds, assists and points scored. (23 March)

Photo credit: Arsalan Kazemi of Oregon Ducks had a game-high 17-point rebounds Thursday in upset win over Oklahoma State (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/NYT)

1 comment:

Mark Pyruz said...

He just scored another 17 rebounds. This is a big deal.