Few teams in the Pac-12 have a weakness more glaring than Oregons lack of a big-time board-getter.
Oregons best rebounder last season (E.J. Singler) pulled down just 5.6 boards per game, the second lowest mark for a teams leading rebounder in the Pac-12. Only Trojans guard Byron Wesley, USCs top-performing rebounder last season, owned a lower total.
Less than three weeks before the teams first official practice, the Ducks shored up their rebounding deficiency by grabbing the best available rebounder on the open market. And they did so in grand style.
Oregon beat out Kentucky on the recruiting wireyes, in basketballto land coveted Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi (6'7''-F-90). Kazemi, a physical 6-foot-7 forward and rebounding maestro, committed to Dana Altman and his staff following a visit to the Eugene campus on Saturday. He has since enrolled at Oregon and begun working out with the team.
The first Iranian-born college basketball player to play in Division 1, Kazemi averaged 12.4 points and 10.3 rebounds for the Owls as a junior last season. Had he returned to Rice for his senior campaign, the transfer forward would have been a preseason favorite for Conference USA player of the year honors. In addition to Oregon and Kentucky, Kazemi was also considering Texas, Florida, Ohio State and Cincinnati.
Kazemi is pursuing a hardship waiver to play immediately. Under NCAA rules, transfers not granted a special waiver must sit out two semesters before playing in games for their new school.
The three-year Owl standout exits his former school under extraordinary circumstances, becoming the sixth player to leave Rice since the end of last season. Kazemi joins ex-teammate Omar Oraby (USC) as the second Rice player to transfer into the Pac-12.
If the NCAA grants Kazemi a waiver, the core of Oregons starting front court next season will consist of players making second and third college stops. Other than the senior Singler, a native Oregonian who has remained at the school for all four years, the Ducks will lean heavily on a crop of transfers who first made names for themselves at other place.
Starting center Tony Woods, a Wake Forest transfer who developed into a starting role at Oregon during conference play last season, should see an uptick in minutes what with the loss of forward Olu Ashaolu. The Ducks have also bolstered their depth down low this offseason thanks to the addition of 6-foot-11 junior college transfer Waverly Austin, a versatile big man expected to back up Woods at center next season.
No transfer ticketed for Eugene, however, is more significant than the Middle Eastern migrant who passed up the glitz of Kentucky for a leading role at Oregon. With Kazemi on board for one seasonwhenever, exactly, he is eligible to playthe Ducks will no longer have to lean on a perimeter-oriented player to shoulder the rebounding load.
To compete with the muscle of Washington, Arizona, UCLA and the like inside, Oregon needed to revamp its frontcourt using external solutions. So after combing the transfer wire and stumbling upon the only Iranian-born player in college basketball, not only did the Ducks end up with quite the story, but they may have pulled down the Pac-12s future top rebounder too.
TEHRAN - Mehran Hatami has been named as head coach of the Iranian national basketball team. Hatami is a former basketball player of Iran national team. The 52-year-old coach represented Iran in 1990, 1994 and 1998 Asian Games, and FIBA Asia Championships in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997. The appointment came after Dirk Bauermann surprisingly parted company with the Islamic Republic of Iran Basketball Federation (IRIBF) in early January. The German coach took charge of S.Oliver Wuerzbu... [read more]
TEHRAN - Mehran Hatami has been named as head coach of the Iranian national basketball team. Hatami is a former basketball player of Iran national team. The 52-year-old coach represented Iran in 1990, 1994 and 1998 Asian Games, and FIBA Asia Championships in 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995 and 1997.
The appointment came after Dirk Bauermann surprisingly parted company with the Islamic Republic of Iran Basketball Federation (IRIBF) in early January. The German coach took charge of S.Oliver Wuerzburg, while who had signed a four-year contract extension until 2019 with Iran in November 2015. Bauermann sent an email to the IRIBF and said he stepped down from his role due to his three-year-old child. The Iranian federation immediately announced that Mehran Shahintab has been chosen as a replacement for the German coach but Petrochimi Bandar Imam coach didn't accept the offer. After coach Shahintab refuse the offer to work as Iran NT head coach federation appointed Mehran Hatami as Iran NT head coach. Iran NT camp will begin on Jan 21st to prepare for WABA championships which will help in Jordan.
2012. Donewald , arguably one of the most successful Chinese NT head coaches with a resume that included never losing to an Asian country while he was the front man and leadi... [read more]
In a stunning revelation, the Iranian media sources are claiming that the Iranian National Team has moved Coach Donewald Bob to the top of their coaching list.
This would be a huge hire for the Iranians and a direct shot at the under achieving Chinese National team, same team Donewald led to the London Olympics in 2012.
Donewald , arguably one of the most successful Chinese NT head coaches with a resume that included never losing to an Asian country while he was the front man and leading the 2010 Chinese team in the World Championships without Yao, and was able to get to the final 16 teams.
If rumors are true, Donewald will inherit one of the Chinas top competitors, and with Hamed Haddadi and a group of experienced players, and the coaching of Donewald , Iran would be the team to watch not China.
Donewald currently has a perennial underachieving club in the CBA, the Jilin Northeastern Tigers sitting only 3 games out of the 8th and final playoff spot, with a budget smaller then some NBL clubs.
Iranian Superleague round 14 best performance: Ivan Koljevic - 3 days ago
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187-PG-84) had a great game in the last round for Kashan, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. The 32-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Army (#8, 4-9) 85-74. Kashan maintains the 7th position in Iranian Superleague. Kashan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. The... [read more]
Montenegrin Point guard Ivan Koljevic (187-PG-84) had a great game in the last round for Kashan, receiving a Asia-basket.com Player of the Week award for round 14. The 32-year old player was the main contributor (23 points, seven rebounds and nine assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Army (#8, 4-9) 85-74. Kashan maintains the 7th position in Iranian Superleague. Kashan is a typical solid league team placed somewhere in the middle or a little bit lower in the standings. They need more victories to improve their 6-7 record. Koljevic turned to be Kashan's top player in his first season with the team. Ivan Koljevic has solid league stats. He is in league's top in points (2nd best: 23.0ppg), assists (2nd best: 5.0apg) and averages impressive 59.2% FGP.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old American J.P. Prince (203-G/F-87) of Azad. Prince had a very good evening with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Bad luck as Azad lost that game 66-73 to the higher-ranked Petrochimi (#1, 12-1). It was definitely game of the week between two contenders to the title. Azad still maintains its place in the top 4 of the standings, even despite this loss. His team's 8-5 record is not bad at all. Prince is a newcomer at Azad, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.7ppg (#6). His other stats are also decent: 4.2rpg and 3.7apg.
Third on the list of top players last round was American guard Daequan Cook (195-G-87) of Chemidor (#6). Cook got into 30-points club by scoring 31 points in the last round. He went also for five rebounds . He was a key player of Chemidor, leading his team to a 85-79 win against the higher-ranked Arak (#3, 8-5). Chemidor needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams. Their record at this point is 7 victories and 6 lost games. Cook has a great season in Iran. After only 7 games, he made it on the list of the league's leaders in points with 25.3ppg (best scorer).
Other top performing players last week: 4. Gerald Robinson (185-PG-89) of Petrochimi - 22 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists 5. Povilas Cukinas (210-C/F-83) of Chemidor - 16 points and 13 rebounds 6. Masoud Soleimani (207-C) of Kashan - 23 points and 9 rebounds 7. Doron Perkins (189-G-83) of Naft Abadan - 11 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists 8. Hamzeh Aghajari (185-F-87) of Shiraz a.s Pipe - 26 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 9. Sean Williams (208-F-86) of Tabriz - 16 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Zvonko Buljan (206-C-87) of Kashan - 24 points and 9 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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