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Farokhmanesh is consulting coach Ben Jacobson about finding an agent and playing overseas. After all, you're in your early 20s, your knees are holding up, you've got all your hair. Why not see the world? "I really don't care as far as (the country)," Ali says. "I've lived here 22 years of my life. I'd like to live some other places. It'd be a great opportunity."
He's fielded a few calls already. An assistant coach with Iran's national basketball team has extended an offer. Ali's father, Mashallah, is a native of the country and played on Iran's volleyball team before moving to the United States. "I don't know how realistic it is right now, just because (I wonder) how safe it would be to go over there," Ali says. "I'd obviously have to live over there and work out with the team and be there for a long period of time. I'm not really leaning toward it."