Originally posted on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 3/29/12

Let’s start off with the name, it’s not Swiss like most would think, it’s Iranian.  Ali’s Dad, Marshallah, is actually from Borujerd (a Lorestan Province in Western Iran), and here’s a fun fact about Marsh, he was actually on the National Iranian Volleyball team. Who knew? Wikipedia knew, but anyway Ali was born in Pullman, Washington, however two years into high school, Ali lived the American Dream and moved to Iowa #Jealous.

After High School, Farokhmanesh went to two junior colleges, which ultimately led him to THE University of Northern Iowa basketball team. Manesh’s college stats aren’t scary in the least bit; quite frankly nothing really jumps off the page except for his name. His junior year he averaged 9.6 ppg shooting 40.6 FG%.  The next season as a senior, he stayed consistent averaging 9.7 ppg, but somehow his shooting percentage dropped 2%.  In 2010 Northern Iowa became the definition of “March Madness”, they figuratively took form into Peter North and busted your bracket. The man behind the run goes by the name of, Ali Farokhmanesh.  Of course he had help from Adam Koch along with the “good, the bad, and the ugly” Jordan Eglseder. In the first round Farokhmanesh scored 17 points to upset #8 UNLV, forcing them to face #1 Kansas. Now let’s just compare starting lineups.


-Marcus Morris F

-Cole Aldrich C

-Sherron Collins G

-Tyshawn Taylor G

-Xavier Henry G

Northern Iowa

-Adam Koch F

-Jordan Eglseder C

-Kwadzo Ahelegbe G

-Ali Farokhmanesh G

-Johnny Moran G

If only there was a biblical reference to describe how big of an underdog Northern Iowa really was. Regardless of the talent comparison, Northern Iowa completely locked up on defense, and Farokhmanesh proved to be a cold-blooded-big-balled-clutch-badass.

And that, is how you upset a #1 seed. Of course when you make a shot like that you automatically find yourself on the cover of a SI. Unfortunately, their Cinderella story soon came to a bitter end when Michigan State beat them by seven in the Sweet 16 (see what I did there? I subtly put “bitter” and “sweet” in the same sentence. It was almost too subtle so I had to tell you),

Ali Farokhmanesh went undrafted in the 2010 draft, but found a contract in Switzerland with SAM Massagno Basket averaging 19.5 ppg while shooting a deadly 48% from three (he never shot over 40 3pt% in college). This year he signed with Fabi Shoes in Italy and is averaging 13.2 ppg.

On an unrelated note if anybody can get a hold of a Northern Iowa #5 Farokhmanesh jersey I would pay a reasonable or unreasobable amount of money to get my paws on it.

(Btw Farokhmanesh has officially been added to the list of potential names for my son)


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