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Arsalan Kazemi knows where he will take his official visits. The question is, When will he take them?
Kazemi, a 6-foot-7 combo forward at The Patterson (N.C.) School originally from Iran, wants to visit Maryland, Seton Hall and Rice, but must have an SAT score before he can make any visits.
Kazemi took the SAT this past Saturday and doesn’t expect the test results until at least Oct. 18.
Maryland’s Midnight Madness is Oct. 17, meaning Kazemi couldn’t visit Maryland for that event if he doesn’t get his score back in time.
“I don’t know if we can make that because we won’t get the test back,” said Anthony Ibrahim, Kazemi’s adviser.
“They need some score so you can be on campus. If you don’t have a score, you can’t have an official visit. That’s been the hangup in trying to get these visits in.”
Ibrahim said Seton Hall really wants to host the first official visit, and Maryland really wants Kazemi to come to Midnight Madness, which will also host Plainfield guard Isaiah Epps.
“If (the SAT people) tell us we’re going to get it on the 18th, then Maryland would go first and Seton Hall goes second and Rice goes third,” Ibrahim said.
“If we don’t get it on the 18th, then we’re going to miss Midnight Madness. Then we’re going to go Seton Hall first on the 25th. Then the weekend after that, Nov 2., to Rice. Then Maryland after that Nov. 9.”
Ibrahim said Colorado, Stanford and Cincinnati were also very interested in Kazemi and would visit Patterson soon. Yet it seems impossible Kazemi could take five officials before the early National Signing period (Nov. 12-19) given the SAT time-frame.
“It’s going to push us so close to signing date,” Ibrahim said. “We can’t get five visits in in 10 days.”
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.