Pac-12 Basketball: How Will Rice Transfer Arsalan Kazemi Fare in the Pac-12?
When he originally committed to Rice, the 6'7" 220-pound forward was the first D-1 player from Iran.
Kazemi is a stat-sheet stuffer.
He has played three super-productive years at Rice, averaging a double-double in both his sophomore (15.2 ppg/11 rpg) and junior (12.1 ppg/10.3) seasons.
Kazemi has been one of the most efficient scorers in the country, compiling a high shooting percentage (59.4 percent from the floor in 2011-12) while averaging less than seven shots per game.
He has led the Owls in rebounding in 80 of his 95 career games, and also led Conference USA in steals (2.2 spg) last season.
One question that could be asked is: Will Kazemi be able to continue to perform at such a high level in the Pac-12?
Will he be able to add significantly to his collection of 45 career double-doubles when he is going against his new league's opponents like the Wear twins from UCLA, Arizona's fabulous freshmen frontcourt or a plethora of other Pac-12 Bigs?
One of the best ways to predict how he might do in the Pac-12 is to look back and see how he has performed against power-conference (ACC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10/12 and the SEC) teams while playing for the Owls.
In 10 games against power-conference schools, Kazemi has averaged 13.4 points and 10.5 rebounds, which is slightly higher than his career averages (12.6 ppg/10.1 rpg).
He has also shot over 50 percent in these games.
So, unless something changes drastically, there is a very good chance that Kazemi is going to fare quite well when he begins to suit up for the Ducks in the near future.
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