EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon says Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi is eligible to play for the Ducks this season.
The 6-foot-7 forward was granted a waiver from the NCAA to play this season at Oregon after transferring from Rice in September. Normally players have to sit out a season before they are allowed to play.
Kazemi arrived at UO after a three-year standout career at Rice University. The first Iranian-born basketball player to play at the Division I level, Kazemi averaged a double-double over 95 career games with the Owls (12.6 points, 10.1 rebounds).
Also a standout for his country's national team, Kazemi helped lead Iran to an 8-1 mark at the FIBA Asia Championships in 2011, averaging 12 points and nearly nine rebounds per game while shooting 65 percent from the field. At the 2010 FIBA World Championships, he averaged 12 points and a tournament-best 2.8 steals per contest.
Kazemi averaged 12.1 points and 10.2 rebounds a game last season for Rice. He is one of six players who transferred out of the program.
Kazemi will be available to play Friday when the Oregon (2-0) hosts Vanderbilt.