March 7, 2011
IRVING - Rice University sophomore forward Arsalan Kazemi has been named to the 2010-11 All-Conference USA Second Team. The league announced its all-conference teams on Monday ahead of the 2011 Buick Conference USA Men's Basketball Championship which begins Wednesday in El Paso.
Kazemi becomes the first Rice player since Morris Almond to be named to the All-Conference USA squad. Almond was a first-team selection in both 2006 and 2007.
This season, Kazemi is averaging 15.0 points and 11.1 rebounds for the Owls. He is the only player in C-USA to be averaging a double-double. Throughout the season he has been ranked in the Top Five in rebounding. His 17 double-doubles this season also ranks among the Top 10 in Division I.
For the year, Kazemi has attempted one more field goal (253) than free throws (252). He is shooting 52.2 percent from the field and has also been strong at the line, making 74.2 percent of his free throws. He also has 40 assists, 35 steals and 24 blocks.
Earlier in the season, Kazemi was named the Conference USA Player of the Week the final week of 2010 then shared 2011's first weekly accolade. The back-to-back weekly recognitions marked the 14th time in Conference USA history that a player has been named player of the week for consecutive weeks.
Kazemi, who was named to the 2010 Conference USA All-Freshman Team, has scored 761 points and compiled 606 rebounds in two seasons at Rice.
The Owls begin play at the Conference USA Championship Wednesday night when they take on SMU. Tip-off for the final first round game of the tournament is set for approximately 9 p.m. Central. The winner will advance to play Tulsa on Thursday.
2010-11 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM
Randy Culpepper, UTEP, G, 6-0, 165, Sr., Memphis, Tenn.
Papa Dia, SMU, F, 6-9, 235, Sr., St. Louis, Senegal
Gary Flowers, Southern Miss, F, 6-8, 214, Sr., Dallas, Texas
Justin Hurtt, Tulsa, G, 6-4, 201, Sr., Raytown, Mo.
Aaron Johnson, UAB, G, 5-8, 185, Sr., Chicago, Ill.
Jamarr Sanders, UAB, G, 6-4, 200, Sr., Montgomery, Ala.
2010-11 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM
Marcus Jordan, UCF, G, 6-3, 200, So., Chicago, Ill.
Arsalan Kazemi, Rice, F, 6-7, 205, So., Esfahan, Iran
Cameron Moore, UAB, F, 6-9, 205, Jr., San Antonio, Texas
Julyan Stone, UTEP, G, 6-7, 200, Sr., Goletta, Calif.
Kendall Timmons, Tulane, G/F, 6-8, 205, So., Fort Worth, Texas
2010-11 ALL-CONFERENCE USA THIRD TEAM
Will Barton, Memphis, G, 6-6, 175, Fr., Baltimore, Md.
Keith Clanton, UCF, C, 7-0, 250, Sr., Flint, Mich.
DeAndre Kane, Marshall, G, 6-4, 200, Fr., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Robert Nyakundi, SMU, F, 6-8, 220, Jr., Arlington, Texas
Jontae Sherrod, East Carolina, G, 6-3, 210, Sr., Tarboro, N.C.