PROVIDENCE, RI – Twice during his collegiate career, Johnson & Wales University men's basketball player Matt Madoian had the opportunity to represent Armenia in the FIBA U20 European Championships. This fall he'll return to Armenia, but this time to play professionally as he has signed a contract with Urartu Vivaro.
Urartu Vivaro, based in Vanadzor, is a founding member of the Armenia Basketball League A. The team advanced to the 2019 championship game with a 12-8 record after falling in the semifinals a year ago.
His paternal grandfather, John Madoian, was born in Armenia, which made him eligible for the Armenian U20 team. He first played in the 2016 FIBA Championships then returned a year later. Selected as team captain in 2017, Madoian was third on the squad at 12.7 points per game – a five-point increase from 2016 - while averaging 3.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists. He was the tournament's top three-point shooter at 56 percent.
Madoian, a native of North Kingstown, RI, will be the third former Wildcat playing professionally in Europe. Last season former All-Americans Lamonte Thomas and Quarry Greenaway played in Spain.
This last season, Madoian wrapped up his career by averaging 10.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game. He was third in the GNAC for steals and ninth in blocks. Madoian racked up 857 points and 317 rebounds during his JWU tenure while ranking seventh in school history for three-pointers made and attempted.
At the end of the year awards ceremony, he received the Thomas Carmody Award for Character, Spirit and Community Service which is presented to the outstanding male or female senior athlete who exemplifies outstanding academic success; significant athletic contribution; commitment to community service; and loyalty, effort, and enthusiasm. The recipient of this award must carry a 3.00 cumulative GPA.