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Report: NCAA clears Arsalan Kazemi to play for Oregon this season

Arsalan Kazemi is sixth player to transfer from Rice since 2011-12 season. (Mustafa Ozer/Getty Images)

Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi will be eligible to play for Oregon this season, according to

Oregon coach Dana Altman was told Kazemi, a 6-foot-7 native of Iran, had received a waiver from the NCAA to play for the Ducks this season.

Kazemi, a three-year starter, was among six Rice players to leave coach Ben Braun's program since the end of the 2011-12 season. Former Rice teammate Omar Oraby received his waiver to play at USC last week.

Kazemi should bolster Oregon's ability to compete with Pac-12 favorites Arizona and UCLA, and receive an NCAA tournament bid. He averaged 12.1 points and 10.3 rebounds per game last season.