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September 25, 2012
Hoops adds two to roster
EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon men's basketball program has announced the addition of 6-11 center Waverly Austin and 6-7 forward Arsalan Kazemi to the roster after each enrolled in and attended the school's first day of classes on Monday.
Austin, a junior from Fredericksburg, Va., spent the past two years at Palm Beach State College and averaged 14.8 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.9 blocks per game this past season.
Kazemi comes to 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 9 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.
As a Division I transfer, Kazemi must be granted a hardship waiver by the NCAA to play right away.
The Ducks also announced Monday that 6-4 guard Devon Branch has not enrolled at the University. Branch's eligibility was determined to be only one year at the Division I level, while he can play two more years at Division II, which is the option he has decided to pursue.
Oregon's roster now stands at 15 players. The Ducks, under third-year head coach Dana Altman, open the season hosting Concordia University in an exhibition game on Monday, Oct. 29, at Matthew Knight Arena.