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The 19-year-old who averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds for Iran in the 2010 FIBA World Championship -- second in contribution only to Iran’s only NBA player Hamed Haddadi -- will "sacrifice" the opportunity to play for the National Team for his "very important classes" as he pursues his studies in the Rice University (US).
"The 26th FIBA Asia Championship interferes with my classes. And I can't miss my classes for long," Kazemi recently told Iranian news agency ISNA.
"I did try persuading the college officials to let me play, but unfortunately they didn't give permission. Of course, I am very disappointed," he said.
After his arrival at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, three U.S. officials questioned Kazemi for six hours. They doubted him when he told them he had flown to the U. S. to play basketball.
"I'm not a terrorist," he told them. "If you don't believe me, deport me."