Former Rice forward Arsalan Kazemi confirms in an interview with FOX 26 Sports that he is transferring to Oregon.
"I decided to come to Oregon," Kazemi said. "I think it was a situation for me, I had to a look at a lot of schools, and I think this was the best situation for me.
"So I decided to come to Oregon.
Kazemi said it was not easy for him to reach his final decision.
"It was very hard," Kazemi said. "Transferring is never easy. I had to do it."
However, Kazemi said he was not in a position to explain why he chose to leave Rice.
"I can't give you details on that," Kazemi said. It's a decision that I made and I'm glad to be here."
Kazemi, who is in the final year of his eligibility, will have to get a hardship waiver from the NCAA in order to be able to play for the Ducks this season.
Otherwise, he will have to sit out a year.
"It's going to be very tough (if he has to sit out), but I like my chances and we'll see what's going to happen," Kazemi said.
Kazemi said he did not want to discuss what will go into his waiver request to the NCAA, that if granted, will allow him to be able to play this season.
Rice granted Kazemi his release last week so that he could transfer.
Kazemi was considering six schools beyond Oregon including Texas, Kentucky, Ohio State, Florida and Cincinnati..
Last season as a junior, Kazemi led the Owls in scoring (12.1) and rebounding (10.3) and was named to the Conference USA All Conference 2nd Team.