Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Arsalan Kazemi, a 6-foot-7 combo forward from The Patterson (N.C.) School, took his official visit to Seton Hall this weekend and word is his decision could come soon.
Like within the next 24-48 hours.
Kazemi is slated to visit Rice next weekend and Maryland for a scrimmage against Northwood University Nov. 8, but Seton Hall coach Bobby Gonzalez and his staff would like to have Kazemi commit before taking those trips.
I hope to have an update later today from Anthony Ibrahim, Kazemi’s adviser.
Last week Ibrahim said numerous other schools were also interested in Kazemi, who hopes to become the first Iranian to play American college hoops.
“We’ve had talks with Memphis, Colorado, Cincinnati, Western Kentucky and Virginia Tech,” he said. “They’re really on us now. All these others are fighting for the visits.”
Ibrahim said it was possible Kazemi could take one or two more visits after Maryland and before the end of the early signing period, which runs Nov. 12-19.
Meantime, Ibrahim said Memphis assistant Josh Pastner wants Kazemi to wait until the spring and is pursuing Kazemi hard.
“Josh Pastner called me [recently] and this morning,” Ibrahim said. “He said, ‘Don’t sign early.’ They’re very interested.”
Still, Ibrahim wants Kazemi to be a “program-changer,” not just a “glue guy.”
“We’re trying to get it done by the fall,” Ibrahim said.
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.