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Turlock grad Koochoie second in team scoring

Turlock High graduate Benny Koochoie said he's slowly but surely adjusting to life in Iran's pro basketball league.

Koochoie said he is second in team scoring for Saba Mehr, behind former NBA Developmental League player Terrence Shannon. The team is third in Iran Super League play after nine weeks.

Koochoie is excited about next year's FIBA World Championships in Turkey, where it was announced this week the Iran national team is in Group B with Croatia, Brazil, Tunisia, Slovenia and the United States.

"I'll get to play against Kobe Bryant and Dwyane Wade and do some networking," Koochoie said. "When I get home I'm going to invest in myself and get the best training I possibly can (to prepare)."