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Arsalan Kazemi

  • Full Name: Arsalan Kazemi
  • Position: Small Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-7 / 226
  • Birthdate: April 22, 1990
  • College: Oregon
Washington Wizards (Traded to Philadelphia 76ers on draft night) Round 2: Pick 54

- Carter-Williams and Kazemi Press Conference

- Great rebounder
- Tough competitor
- Efficient scorer at the rim
- Active defender who gets a lot of steals
- Good passer

-- No true position
-- Hasn't developed a perimeter game
-- Unselfish to a fault

NBA projection
Kazemi is in the second-round to undrafted category. He's certainly got a next-level skill—rebounding—but can he make it in the NBA as an undersized power forward, or can he demonstrate in workouts a competent enough perimeter game, something he didn't do in college, to convince GMs he can play the three?

2012-13 season
Kazemi, the first Iranian-born player in NCAA Division I history, played just one season at Oregon after transferring from Rice and gaining immediate eligibility, and he made the most of it, helping lead the Ducks to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. He was chosen to the Pac-12's all-defensive team after finishing second in the league in steals and third in rebounding.

Key statistics
9.4 ppg | 10.0 rpg | 1.4 apg | 1.5 tpg | 2.0 spg | 29.0 mpg | .595 FG | .675 FT

Cool statistic
Kazemi tied Oregon's all-time NCAA tournament rebounding record in just two games, grabbing 17 against Oklahoma State and 16 against Saint Louis. He later smashed the record he shared with Robert Johnson by grabbing 12 against Louisville, giving him an average of 15 boards in three tournament games.

Reminds me of
Paul Millsap

What Insiders Say
Oregon coach Dana Altman
"He's meant a great deal to our team. Obviously, the rebounding has been outstanding for him. He's really made us a good rebounding team. But his unselfishness and his maturity have helped our young basketball team also. We have six freshmen on the team and his maturity and leadership, especially late in the season, has helped us."

What Outsiders Say
Louisville coach Rick Pitino
"[He] allows them, because you watch them on film and he's battling two or three guys, and then three of their guys are starting out on the break and he's battling three guys and he always comes up with the ball and ignites the fast break."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch