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Five Cambodian-Americans eyed for first female basketball team

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The USA-Cambodia Basketball Association (UCBA) is looking to recruit five Cambodian-American basketball players for the Cambodian female basketball team, which is set to be the first team to play abroad since 1974 at the 2021 SEA Games in Vietnam.

Rising star, Jasmine Kong, has already confirmed her spot and UCBA is looking for several more players to fill the roster. The team will represent Cambodia in 3×3 basketball in the 2021 SEA Games in Hanoi, Vietnam.

“I am very excited to join the 2021 SEA Games. It will be very special,” said Kong, who revealed that she is helping UCBA recruit other players for the team.

“I am very optimistic because Sima and I are working to recruit real talent,” she added, referring to UCBA Board member Sima Suon.

UCBA announced earlier that Suon will coordinate the team and assume the role of director/player.

“However, it’s more about inspiring the next generation of Khmer girls in basketball, as it is in their blood,” she added.

The five other players that UCBA is looking to recruit for the team include Mikenzie Yim-Harvin, Teressa Thun, Sidtia Sidtikun and Destiny Khay.

“We have found five Khmer-American players. But we are not sure if they can join the SEA Games yet because the competition falls during their school time,” Kong said.

“We are still talking to them and they have yet to confirm. Hopefully, we can also get them to play for Cambodia in 2023,” she added.

The five players have all distinguished themselves playing for high school and college teams in California, Ohio and other states in the US.

Yim-Harvin is a top player for the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Rhode Island.

Before joining the Naval Academy team, the 5’8” point guard/shooting guard played for Lexington Senior High School in North Carolina, where she averaged 18 points and 5 assists in her final season with the team.

She later received offers from Division I and Division II teams in the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

Khay, meanwhile, is a standout for Lakeland Community College, which plays in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference. 5’3” Khay, an excellent three-point shooter, averaged 11 points per game in the 2018/2019 season.

Thun, who stands at 5’8”, averaged 8.3 point and 5.8 rebounds per game for Atwater High School in California during the 2019/2020 season. 5’7” Sidtikun, meanwhile, transitioned from basketball to football and is now playing as a midfielder for the Cal State Monterey Bay University women’s soccer team. She averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 rebounds a game while playing for Ripon High School in California during the 2012/2013 season.

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