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Sunday, December 27, 2009

The First Iranian Hoopster in Division I

Arslan Hazemi plays for Rice. His coach, Ben Braun, is Jewish. Despite all of Iran's anti-Israeli (and sometimes correspondingly anti-Semitic) rhetoric, the cocktail of the coach's religion and the player's ethnicity doesn't seem to be an issue. Apparently, Braun's record with international players -- including an Israeli or two while at Cal -- helped Kazemi select Rice. Click here for Luke Winn's fascinating article at SI.com on Hazemi and his journey to play college basketball in the United States.

As Yogi Berra once said, "Only in America."

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