2012-13 Played in four games … averaged 0.5 points and 0.3 rebounds per game … earned the team’s Faculty Athletic Representative Award, bestowed upon the player with highest academic achievement and team contribution … totaled two points, one rebound, one assist and one block in seven minutes … made his first and only field goal attempt of the season on a jump shot against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 28) … grabbed one rebound in three minutes against Prairie View A&M (Dec. 15).
Before UCLA Two-year varsity basketball letterwinner at Glendale Community College (Glendale, Calif.) under head coach Brian Beauchemin (2010-11, 2011-12) ... secured first-team All-Western State Conference honors (South Division) as a sophomore, averaging 9.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game in 27 total contests ... led Glendale CC in rebounds as a sophomore, recording at least 10 or more boards in 20 consecutive games ... shot 65.1 percent from the free throw line as a sophomore and had a streak of 22 consecutive free throws made ... shot 54.0 percent from the field, connecting on 101 of 187 shots ... as a freshman at Glendale CC (2010-11), averaged 4.5 points and 3.7 rebounds per game ... shot 50 percent from the field and 81 percent at the free throw line during his freshman season ... as a freshman in 2010-11, helped Glendale CC qualify for the Southern California Regionals for the first time since 2008.
High School Attended Sahakian in Tehran, Iran for four years and majored in math and physics ... played in the Iranian national basketball program from the under-14 through the under-20 age group teams.
National Team Competed at multiple levels in the Iranian national basketball program from the under-14 age group division through the under-20 division … was invited to compete for the Iranian National Team at the Asian Cup for the 2014 World Cup (did not participate due to academic and athletic conflicts at UCLA) … in 2009, participated in the U-19 World Cup in Auckland, New Zealand … in 2008, helped Iran’s U-18 team win the title game at the FIBA Asia Championship in Tehran, Iran … won titles at the 2007 and 2008 West Junior Asian Championship … participated in Basketball Without Borders Asia, playing in New Delhi, India, in 2008 … Basketball Without Borders (BWB) is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball and community outreach program aimed to unite young basketball players and promote the sport around the world … was invited to participate at Iran’s Olympics Qualification Camp, but did not attend due to academic conflicts (fall semester) … also competed for Ararat Basketball Club in the Iran Superleague.
Personal Full name: Sooren Derboghosian Pakajaki (pronounced SOO-ren dair-boh-GHO-see-uhn) ... born in Tehran, Iran, on Feb. 20, 1990 ... parents are Hovakom Derboghoskian Pakajaki and Diana Taroian ... is the middle of three children ... has one older sister, Sarineh, and one younger sister, Christine ... international development studies major.