American basketball players reportedly stranded amid travel bans


Also on Sunday, Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Twitter (via Reuters) that Americans who already hold valid Iranian visas can enter the country.

A former Texas A&M basketball player is stranded in Dubai along with a US teammate after Iran chose to ban USA citizens from the country where they now play professionally, their agent told The Vertical on Yahoo Sports. Prince played for Arizona and Tennessee from 2005-10 and posted 9.4 points and 3.7 rebounds a night during his three seasons with the Volunteers.

Joseph Jones and J.P. Prince, who both play for Azad University Tehan in the Iran Super League, are now unable to return to the country where they make their living playing basketball thanks to this ban.

The agent for two Americans who play professional basketball in Iran hopes they will be able to return to the country to finish their season.

According to the article on CBS Sports the player's agent, Eric Fleisher told The Verticle it didn't look like they could finish the season in Iran leaving them without pay. "So it is far more likely that within the next few days they will have no other alternative but to fly back to the States".

Fleisher said "there is very little optimism" a solution letting Jones and Prince back into Iran will be reached, even though team officials spoke to government representatives, per Mannix. They can't go back and get them.

Fleisher explained that the two players plan on returning to the USA since they can't return to Iran.

Jones and Prince aren't the only Americans playing for the Iran Super League.

Jones and Prince are familiar names to college basketball fans in the United States.