Connecticut Huskies center Steven Enochto is set to head overseas next month to play for the U-20 Armenian national team at the Division B European Championships in Greece.
It is an interesting story, considering Enochto has never visited overseas and has no ties to the country.
However, the 6-foot-11 sophomore is working on filling out paperwork to receive dual-citizenship as he looks forward to the new and exciting challenge.
With his decision to suit up for Armenia this summer, Enochto will forfeit any chance of ever receiving a call-up from USA basketball because rules require players to play for only one country after the age of 17.
“This will be a completely new experience for me,” Enochto said, via NBC Sports. “I think the farthest I’ve been out is the Bahamas when we (UConn) played there last season. So this will be fun.”
Enochto received the opportunity to play for Armenia thanks to Jere Quinn, his former coach at St. Thomas More High School.
After ensuring Enochto’s overseas plan would not violate any NCAA rules, UConn head coach Kevin Ollie gave his blessing.
“It’s going to give Steve an opportunity to play,” Ollie said. “We want Steve to play. It’s going to get him where he’s playing with other great players. He’s playing with refs. He’s playing with something on the line each and every night to get his motor going and also build his confidence up. And I think he’s ready for the challenge.”
The Division B European Championships take place from July 15-24.
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