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Altman Lands Commitment

DuckTerritory.com has learned from a source that former Rice senior Arsalan Kazemi has decided to transfer to the University of Oregon.

DuckTerritory.com has learned Oregon head coach Dana Altman has landed a key commitment.

The Register-Guard reported the news first originally late Saturday night.

Kazemi left the Rice Owls program last week in hopes of playing at a BCS level college program.

The 6-foot-7 220 pound forward was voted CUSA 2nd Team All-Conference the last two seasons.

DuckTerritory.com learned Kazemi visited Oregon over the weekend when Oregon played Arizona for football and it solidified his intent to transfer to Oregon.

Kazemi will apply for a hardship to the NCAA to be eligible to play this coming season. If that hardship isn't approved he will redshirt at Oregon for the 2012-2013 season and be a fifth year senior in 2013-2014.

Last season Kazemi averaged 12.1 points and 10. rebounds per game in 29 minutes. As a sophomore during the 2010-11 season he averaged 15 points and 11 rebounds.

When Kazemi first announced his transfer from Rice he included Kentucky, Cincinnati, Texas, Florida, and Ohio State. Oregon and Kentucky were the favorites programs according to a report by SportsIllustrated.com.

Wednesday Oregon head coach Dana Altman flew back to the Houston area in Texas to meet with Kazemi according to the Houston Chronicle.

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The Register-Guard reported Friday Washington also came in late due to their class schedule also starting Monday.

Kazemi is the first Iran national to play college basketball in the United States.

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