Saniya Chong is the only scholarship freshman on UConn’s 2013-14 women’s basketball team and that means there are moments when she may naturally feel alone.
Like Kelly Faris before her, Chong, the native of Ossining, N.Y., will not have someone specifically in her situation to turn to when the questions come and the answers don’t seem near.
“But I don’t feel like that at all when I am on the court,” Chong said. “My teammates are taking care of me. The basketball part of it has been fine.”
One thing Chong must do, however, is attend to the chores that remain the responsibility of the freshmen, like filling the refrigerator in the locker room with beverages and picking up loose basketballs after practice.
Yet there’s another thing worth noting about her, one that will be impossible to UConn fans to see once the season starts.
Chong, who averaged 34.4 points last season and was a WBCA All-American and Parade Magazine’s Player of the Year, has a small tattoo that honors the life of her oldest brother, Andrew, who took is own life in 2006 after struggling with a heart condition. The tattoo “1985-2006″ is her way to keep his memory close.
Of course, UConn players are not allowed on the floor with noticeable tattoos. So she will be required to cover it up, likely with a wrist band, during the season.