Rice sophomore forward Arsalan Kazemi is a rarity. Conference USA's leading rebounder is believed to be the first Iranian-born Division I scholarship player. And in an interview with Voice of America News, he gave the rare midseason look into his thinking regarding the NBA draft.
"After this year, I would really like to sign up for the draft, practice with teams to compare myself to other players and see what areas I need to improve upon," Kazemi said, according to the translator on the report. "Then come back for my junior year at Rice, work on those areas and then make the move fully after that season."
Check out the full interview here:
Obviously the end of next season is a long ways away for Kazemi, who averages a double-double while leading an 8-10 Rice team in scoring (16.6) and rebounding (11.2),
The interview shows how he is looking forward to a pro career sooner than later, but he also downplays his comments to the Houston Chronicle.
"After every season I'll see what I have to improve on," Kazemi said. "Right now I don't think it's my year to go. I'm going to talk to my coaches at the end of the year. They've had players in the NBA. They know what's best for me.
"We'll discuss it after the season. There is nothing I’m going to talk about right now."