Following is an interview with Michael Maziar Rostampour, a young Iranian-American and a rising basketball player.
Q: Tell us about yourself. When did you start playing basketball?
I'm 6'8 240 pounds. I play the Power Forward position. As a freshman I attended Grayson County Community College in Denison, Texas. This is a Division 1 Junior College. I then went and played as a sophomore at a Division 2 school called St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, Minnesota. After that I walked-on at the University of Nebraska-Omaha. This is a Division 1 College. I worked hard and earned a scholarship the next season and was a starter for my last two years of basketball there. I led the nation in rebounds during the 2013-2014 postseason. I led the Summit League in offensive rebounds in back to back seasons. I averaged 10.2 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game as a senior. I also hold the Division 1 school record for most rebounds in a game, most rebounds in a season, and most double doubles in my career and in a season.
Q: What inspires you? What's the ultimate goal you want to reach?
Life inspires me. Every day I have two goals. To be the best person I can be, and to be the best basketball player I can be. I truly believe I will play in the NBA some day soon; whether it is next year or in 5 years. That is the ultimate goal and that is where I know I will be. I believe that in my heart and soul.
Q: How do you see your chances of getting drafted to NBA?
My chances of getting drafted are very slim. However I do have a chance to be signed to an NBA summer league team. That is my goal at this point.
Q: How do you feel as an Iranian-American?
I feel extremely proud to be an Iranian-American. I understand Iran is a great country and the people are very proud. I see it when I watch the Iranian soccer team compete in the World Cup, the wrestling team in the Olympics and the basketball team in the FIBA World Cup. Win or lose, Iranian fans always show more love and support to their teams than any other country in the world.
Q: Have you ever visited Iran? Any memories?
I have never visited Iran. I have always wanted to and look forward to going there as soon as possible. My grandparents visited me in the US when I was young. So I miss my grandma very much. I would also love to meet the rest of my family.
Q: Please tell us about your parents.
My mother Ann Rostampour is from the US, and my father Mohammad Hossain Rostampour is from Iran. He is from Abadan originally. He graduated from Farrokhi high school. He came to Chicago in the late 1970's, and he met my mother when he was going to school. After the revolution my dad went back to Iran briefly. Then he came back to US to graduate with a degree in engineering. He married my mother. I have 3 sisters. My father's family lost their home in Abadan during the war with the Iraq. So they moved to Isfahan where all my family lives now.
Q: How do you feel about Iran's National Basketball team. Do you know any of the players? What is your motivation for wanting to join that team?
I know that Iran has the best team in Asia and one of the best in the world. They also have a highly respected coach. Haddadi is one of the best players in the world. Kazemi had a great career in the US and is a very good player as well. I do not know any of them personally but I do follow a few of them. It would be a dream come true to be a part of the team. I believe I can help make the team better and help them continue their great success. I would be humbled to play for a great country that is Iran. I know how passionate Iranians are and would play my heart out for them. I would also make my father and family very proud.
Q: When/where are you going to try out for the team?
I would like to try-out for the team as soon as possible. It has been hard contacting them because of the distance, but I am hoping they see me as a future player for the Iran national team. I am confident I can be an impactful player for Iran.
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