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 1. Petrochimi 20-4 
 2. Chemidor 18-6 
 3. Naft Abadan 17-7 
 4. Arak 15-9 
 5. Azad 13-11 
 6. Gorgan 11-13 
 7. Samen 8-16 
 8. Shah.Tabriz 3-21 
 9. Army 3-21 
 10. Ayandeh Sazan 3-21 
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 2. Chemidor II 12-3 
 3. AF Thunder 10-3 
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 10. Shahin Ahvaz 6-7 
 11. Kurdistan 6-9 
 12. Qom 6-9 
 13. Dezful 4-4 
 14. Kerman 3-10 
 15. Qazvin 3-10 
 16. Dmys Minab 1-12 
 17. Ararat 1-13 
Last:2/25/2016
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 Mohammad Samad NIKKHAH BAHRAMI
  Azad
  (199-F-83)
  Avg: 26.5
 1. Nikkhah Bahr., Azad26.5 
 2. Buljan, Arak22.6 
 3. Richards, Sagesse20.9 
 4. Zandi, Gorgan20.5 
 5. Cukinas, Maurienne18.3 
 6. Marshall, Arak17.0 
 7. Sosa, Petrochimi16.8 
 8. Weeden, Azad16.4 
 9. Jamshidi, Naft A.16.0 
 10. Kardoust, Arak15.2 
Rebounds Per Game
 Mohammad HASSANZADEH
  Naft A.
  (203-PF-90)
  Avg: 10.8
 1. Hassanzadeh, Naft10.8 
 2. Kardoust, Arak10.1 
 3. Vranes, Ayandeh9.8 
 4. Richards, Sagesse9.0 
 5. Toure, Chemidor8.6 
 6. Nasajpour, Samen7.9 
 7. Sahakian, Chemidor7.6 
 8. Arghavan, Azad7.4 
 9. Cukinas, Maurienne7.0 
 10. Zangeneh, Petro.7.0 
Assists Per Game
 Erfan NASAJPOUR
  Samen
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 6.1
 1. Nasajpour, Samen6.1 
 2. Rush, Azad4.5 
 3. Rezaei, Shah.Tabriz4.3 
 4. Nikkhah Bahr., Azad4.3 
 5. Koochoie, Gorgan3.8 
 6. Aslani, Chemidor3.8 
 7. Nezafat, Gorgan3.7 
 8. Davoudi, Naft A.3.7 
 9. Sosa, Petrochimi3.4 
 10. Afagh, Arak3.0 
Steals Per Game
 Erfan NASAJPOUR
  Samen
  (177-PG-84)
  Avg: 3.2
 1. Nasajpour, Samen3.2 
 2. Afagh, Arak2.8 
 3. Falahat, Ayandeh2.4 
 4. Beigi, Army2.4 
 5. Rezaei, Shah.Tabriz2.3 
 6. Doraghi, Gorgan2.2 
 7. Mashayekhi, Chemi.2.2 
 8. Davoudi, Naft A.2.1 
 9. Dalirzahan, Army2.1 
 10. Zandi, Gorgan2.0 
Blocks Per Game
 Slavko VRANES
  Ayandeh .
  (230-C-83)
  Avg: 2.9
 1. Vranes, Ayandeh2.9 
 2. Haddadi, Petrochimi2.5 
 3. N'Doye, Naft Abad.2.3 
 4. Toure, Chemidor2.2 
 5. Akingbala, Shah.Ta.1.6 
 6. Kardoust, Arak1.4 
 7. Nikkhah Bahr., Azad1.3 
 8. Fall, Azad1.2 
 9. Arghavan, Azad1.1 
 10. Torabi, Chemidor0.9 
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Oregon shores up weakness with Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi - Sep 24, 2012


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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.

Courtesy of http://bustingbrackets.com
  




Povilas
Cukinas
Povilas Cukinas signs back in Iran - 8 days ago

Chemidor Tehran (Superleague) signed 33-year old Lithuanian ex-international power forward Povilas Cukinas (210-103kg-83). He played last season at Maurienne in French ProB. In 9 games he had 7.1ppg, 3.1rpg and 1.0apg. Cukinas also played that season for Samen where in 26 Superleague games he was third best scorer with impressive 18.3ppg and averaged 7.0rpg and 2.0apg. A very impressive season as he was named to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team. By Eurobasket Data Center...   [read more]

Zlatko
Jovanovic
Jovanovic re-signs at Naft Abadan !! - 15 days ago

32-year old Bosnian ex-international point guard Zlatko Jovanovic (181-85kg-84, agency: BeoExcell). He played there last season and averaged 14.6ppg, 2.2rpg, 2.5apg, FGP: 42.4%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 78.0% in 33 games. He was voted Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague 2nd Team in 2016. Jovanovic was a member of Bosnia and Herzegovina Senior National Team back in 2009. He is quite experienced player. Jovanovic's career allowed him to visit t...   [read more]

Benny
Koochoie
Azad welcomes back Koochoie - 16 days ago

Azad University Tehran (Superleague) inked 30-year old former international guard Benny Koochoie (190-90kg-86, college: CS Stanislaus). It is actually his comeback to Azad as he has played here before. Koochoie played most recently at Shahrdary Gorgan (Superleague). In 24 games he averaged 13.3ppg, 5.0rpg, 3.8apg and 1.4spg last season. A very good year in his career as he was selected to Asia-Basket.com All-Iranian Superleague Honorable Mention. The previous (2015) summer Koochoie was te...   [read more]


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