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Arsalan Kazemi
Player Profile:
Arsalan Kazemi 940433
Position: Forward
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 226
Year: Senior
Hometown: Esfahan, Iran
High School: Patterson HS
Major: Sociology
Through three seasons, has averaged a double-double for his career ... through 95 games of action has averaged 12.6 points and 10.1 rebounds ... has scored 1,195 career points which currently ranks 21st all-time at Rice ... also has 963 career rebounds which ranks third all-time at Rice ... is a career 54.9 percent shooter ... ranks second in all-time free throws (421), second in career free throw attempts (620), fourth in career steals (154) and third in career blocks (84) ... with 18 double-doubles in each of the last two seasons now has 45 for his career which ranks third all-time at Rice ... has led Rice in scoring 34 times during his career and has been the team's leading rebounder in 80 of 95 games played in an Owl uniform.

One of only 21 Division I student-athletes to average a double-double for the season ... averaged 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds as a junior ... ranked 17th nationally in rebounding ... also ranked 11th nationally in double-doubles with 18 and his 2.1 steals per game ranked 30th nationally ... 69 steals during the year led Conference USA and ranked third all-time at Rice ... led Rice with 48 dunks and 14 charges drawn ... for the second straight year was named to the All-Conference USA Second Team, as selected by the league's head coaches and media ... also named to the United State Basketball Writers of America's All-District VII team (Arkansas, Louisiana & Texas) and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 11 Team ... additionally was tabbed to NetScouts Basketball's All-International Team for a second straight year ... averaged 11.1 points and 8.3 rebounds in conference play … scored a season-high 23 points in the Owls' game against Lamar … matched a season high with five steals and had two assists and a block against ECU.

After being selected to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team the previous season, named Second-Team All-Conference USA as a sophomore in a vote of the league's coaches and media ... received the United States Basketball Writers Association's Most Courageous Award during the week of the NCAA Final Four in Houston ... USBWA All-District 7 pick as well as NABC All-District Second Team ... selected to NetScouts Basketball's All-International Team ... was named the Conference USA Player of the Week (Dec. 27) after being named to the 2010 Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic All-Tournament Team ... also named C-USA Co-Player of the Week the following week (Jan. 3) ... back-to-back C-USA Player of the Week honors marked just the 14th time in league history a student-athlete had been received Player of the Week recognition in back-to-back weeks… only player in Conference USA to average a double-double at 15.2 points and 11.0 rebounds per game ... led Rice in scoring 15 times and had 29 double-figure scoring games ... 351 total rebounds ranks second in school history only to Michael Harris' 363 during the 2004-05 season ... finished the year ranked No. 7 nationally in rebounding and with 18 double-doubles tied for 11th nationally according to the final NCAA Division I statistics ... 64 of his 120 offensive rebounds lead to second-chance points ... scored 123 second-chance points during the year ... drew 22 player control fouls during sophomore season and now has drawn 33 charges over the course of his career … went to the free throw line 271 times during the season (second most in school history) and converted 195 attempts for a .720 percentage ... scored a career-high 28 points, going 10-for-14 from the field, against Tulane ... also had 13 rebounds en route to his 10th double-double and had a career-high four blocks.

Averaged 10.3 points and 9.1 rebounds as a freshman ... ranked second in Conference USA in rebounding ... set a Rice freshman record with 272 total rebounds which ranks as the ninth most in school history ... led Rice in rebounding 22 times during the year and had 12, double-figure rebounding games along with nine double-doubles ... 48 of his 98 offensive rebounds led to second-chance points ... scored 95 second-chance points ... connected on 53 percent of his field goal attempts (105-of-198) ... set new Rice freshman records by making 100-of-164 free throw attempts ... drew 11 charges during the year to lead Rice ... also had a team-leading 27 dunks and 31 deflections ... had 47 steals during the year including 17 total in the Owls' last six games ... blocked 26 shots which ties for 10th most in a season at Rice … started his first career game at Lamar and finished with 13 points, a season-high to that point in the season ... equaled a career rebounding high in the first half of the Houston game (11) and went on to have 14 boards.

Played his senior year at The Patterson School located near Lenoir, North Carolina ... has him ranked 82nd overall in the 2009 prep signing class ... the ESPN College Basketball Prospect list ranked him as the No. 81-ranked recruit in the 2009 signing class ... high school coach was Chris Cheney ... among the schools he considered were Maryland, Seton Hall, Louisville, Syracuse and Oklahoma State.

Helped Iran to an 8-1 record at the 26th FIBA Asia Championship in 2011 ... Iran was 6-0 in pool play before being upset by Jordan, 88-84 ... Iran rebounded to win its last two games at the championship ... for the tournament averaged 12 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 65 percent from the field ... had an 18-point, 14-rebound in Iran's first-round win over Uzbekistan ... game against Uzbekistan was the first of back-to-back, 18-point games and scored in double figures in six games including the last four games Iran played ... had 13 points and 16 rebounds in Iran's loss to Jordan ... rebounded to score 13 and 17 points in two consolation games …at the 2010 FIBA World Championships played in Turkey, averaged 12 points while shooting 48.7 percent from the field ... his 14 steals in five games was the most by a player in the preliminary round of the championship and his 2.8 steals per game was the highest average by a player in the tournament ... Captain of Iran's Under-19 team which played in the 2009 FIBA World Championships held in Auckland, New Zealand in July ... one of only two players in the tournament to average a double-double (16.6 points and 12.2 rebounds) ... ranked eighth in scoring and was second in rebounding ... was the tournament leader in steals, averaging four per game ... seven steals against Team USA was a tournament high ... his 20 rebounds against Angola tied for a tournament high and his 18 boards against Egypt tied for the third-most at the championship ... shot 48.6 percent from the field and 81.6 percent from the free throw line (31-of-38) ... also averaged 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks at the 2009 World Championship ... helped lead his Iranian Under-17 national team to the 2007 West Asian championship and was named the tournament MVP ... national team went 5-0 at the tournament ... captain of team of `07 national team.

Born in Esfahan, Iran ... son of Yousef and Roya Kazemi ... Major is sociology.

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