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Team Armenia announces first official training camp in prelude to 2014 FIBA tourney

Some good news from the developing basketball program in Armenia came to BallinEurope today as the country’s federation announced the first official training camp for the newly-established men’s national team, set for the 2013 off-season in Yerevan. It’s the first step on the path to the 2014 FIBA Europe Division C Men’s Basketball Championship, Team Armenia’s first-ever appearance in the tournament.

Zareh Zargaryan, formerly of CSU Dominguez Hills, stated that “It’s truly an honor to be able to play for Armenia. I have been dreaming of this since my childhood days.” Team Armenia coach Carl Bardakian echoed the sentiments in saying that “Our coaching staff and players are fully aware of the significance and responsibility of competing under the tri-colored flag of Armenia.”

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Team Armenia’s Gor Plavchyan to play for Glendale College

A bit of news from the fledgling basketball program of Armenia – the federation there is looking to FIBA Europe Division C play in 2014 – was recently passed to BiE … Somewhat belated congratulations go out to 18-year-old PF Gor Plavchyan, who’ll be playing ball with Glendale College for the 2012-13 season.

Plavchyan’s CV includes an impressive stint with Grant Hill School, with averages of 18 points and 12 boards to go with two blocks per game and a second all-Los Angeles Team nod. Plavchyan also played for Armenia’s U16 team in 2007.

Story as reported by Asbarez runs below.

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Armenia’s Sarah Halejian, Kate Kevorken making their way in NCAA

In hopes of capitalizing on recent success in FIBA tournament play, the burgeoning women’s basketball program in Armenia may be able to add a pair of college ballers from the diaspora currently enjoying some success in the U.S. in the college ranks.

Kate Kevorken is playing her senior year with the University of Nevada, producing nicely for the Wolfpack after cracking the starting lineup in her second season with the program. The two guard bagged her first Western Athletic Conference player of the week award on December 19 thanks to a 25-point (including the game-winner), 11-rebound show against Oregon. Ten days later, “The Encyclopedia” broke her personal scoring mark with 27 points in a losing effort to Mississippi State.

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