Seriously hardcore readers of BallinEurope (plus possibly Azusa Pacific University alums and Armenians) may faintly recall the name Mike Danielian. Danielian nicely pumped up his CV with his play in the Fifth Pan Armenian Games in Yerevan, capping the show with a ridiculous 49-point performance for the L.A. side in the championship basketball game.
Good news for Danielian today then, as his signing with German club SG MTV/BG 93 Wolfenbüttel (or “Wolfenbüttel” for “short”) was announced. Congratulations go out to Mike from BallinEurope!
Official press release (and video) follows.
Mike Danielian will soon begin his professional basketball career with the Wolfenbuettel basketball team of Wolfenbuettel, Germany. Danielian will play both the shooting and point guard positions for Wolfenbuettel, which is officially known as SG MTV/BG 93 Wolfenbuettel.
Danielian rose to prominence under Coach Howard Levine at Grant High School in Van Nuys, California. Under Levine, Danielian was twice named to the Los Angeles All-City team. As a senior, Danielian averaged 30.3 points per game to lead all of southern California in scoring. He also scored 58 points in one game, which broke the Grant High School single-game scoring record, which was then held by current NBA player Gilbert Arenas.
Danielian was a member of Azusa Pacific University’s 2010 NAIA finalists. Danielian made over 200 three-point shots in his time at Azusa Pacific, and he remains the no. 2 all-time three-point scorer in school history.
In August, Danielian was named most valuable player of the Fifth Pan Armenian Games in Yerevan, Armenia. Danielian led Los Angeles to a gold medal with a 49 point performance in the championship game against Sochi, Russia, with Armenian president Serzh Sargsyan in attendance.
Carl Bardakian, Los Angeles men’s basketball head coach and U.S. representative to the Basketball Federation of Armenia, stated “Danielian’s deep three-point shooting range, competitive drive and outstanding work ethic impressed the Wolfenbuettel coaches and scouts. I anticipate Danielian making an immediate impact for Wolfenbuettel.” Basketball Federation of Armenia president Hrachya Rostomyan expressed his congratulations to Danielian on behalf of the federation. Rostomyan stated, “We are very proud of Mike and look forward to him having great success with Wolfenbuettel. Mike has the full support and encouragement of the Basketball Federation of Armenia.”