Rice star Arsalan Kazemi to transfer; has six schools in mind
By Jeff Goodman | College Basketball Insider
September 17, 2012 9:20 pm ET
Rice star Arsalan Kazemi told CBSSports.com he is leaving the Owls and has a wish list of six schools.
Kazemi has been one of the best players in C-USA the past two years. Now he's the latest to leave Rice. (US Presswire)
Kazemi, a native of Iran who averaged 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds last season, told CBSSports.com that he received his release Monday and has requested it be sent to the following six schools: Kentucky, Texas, Oregon, Ohio State, Florida and Cincinnati.
"I'm trying to go to a high-major program for my final season," Kazemi said. "Those are the schools I'm interested in, but I'll also consider other schools."
The 6-foot-7 senior becomes the latest to leave Ben Braun's program, joining Omar Oraby (USC), Dylan Ennis (Villanova), Jarelle Reischel (Rhode Island), David Chadwick (Valparaiso) and Ahmad Ibrahim (overseas).
But Kazemi's departure is a huge blow.
Kazemi averaged a double-double last season for the second consecutive year and helped Rice finish with a 19-6 overall mark and a 8-8 record in league play.
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