Chong Commits To UConn

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Saniya Chong, a 5-foot-9 senior guard at Ossining (N.Y.) High School, committed to UConn Saturday morning

Chong was on her official visit to UConn and in attendance at Gampel Pavilion last night for First Night. She is the first player from the Class of 2013 to verbal to the Huskies.

Chong averaged 33.3 points, 5.2 rebounds,  9.7 assists and five steals last season.

Chong previously visited Louisville and Ohio State. UConn was her last scheduled official visit.

Until Saturday, UConn had been turned down by a number of their top pursuits for 2013, namely guard Diamond DeShields (North Carolina) and forward Taya Reimer (Notre Dane).

The Huskies, who begin practice today at Gampel Pavilion,  will lose three players next season, Caroline Doty, Heather Buck and Kelly Faris.

Much of their recruiting emphasis has been placed lately on the talented class of 2014, although another top 2013 target, Erica McCall of Bakersfield, Calif., is also on her official visit this weekend. McCall is the sister of WNBA star DeWanna Bonner of the Phoenix Mercury.

“I thought the visit went really well,, I had a nice time,” Chong said. “I didn’t expect I’d love it this much. It’s the perfect fit for me. I loved being around the girls and it is going to a great opportunity.”

A starter since her freshman season, Chong topped the 2,000-point plateau this season, leading Ossining to its second straight Section 1 Class AA title.  In 70 varsity games, Chong has led Ossining to a 61-9 record and averaged 29.4 points, 6.8 assists, 5.9 reboundss, and 5.2 steals per game.

Ossining reached the state semifinal, losing to eventual champ Cicero-North Syracuse, which featured Breanna Stewart, a freshman at UConn.

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6 thoughts on “Chong Commits To UConn

  1. Chris Saran

    It’s fantastic that Saniya Chong committed to UConn. She’s the type of player who will flourish in UConn’s uptempo offense, whether she’s dishing or shooting. Hopefully, Erica McCall is next, although she seems like a long shot. Here’s hoping.

  2. Walterlinesjr

    yeah uconn women get a comittment now great news chong comitted so i can be a lillte more happy and relaxed now hopefully they also get ericanmccall over stanford i looked and staford only has 1 senior of 14players unless someone left stanford has 2 commitmenets for this years class so stanford should already have all 15 scholarship players for next year so i dont know how they could add ericamccall unless they had 1 go as a walk on like uconn men with andredrummond last year im looking forward to this season gouconn and beat baylor!!Takecare all

  3. FREDDYKOOL

    wow!!!! WOW!!!! GENO N COACHES DO IT ALL AGAIN. CAN’T WAIT FOR THE SEASON TO BEGIN…..GO HUSKYS!!!!

  4. Uconnphann

    I hope Walter is correct and Stanford has used up it’s 15 scholarships for NEXT year 2013. Erica loved Turazzi and has her phone number. DT will do her UConn thing. The very best thing that happened to DT was Geno and UConn fans. If Erica and Chong want to share the love of 40,000 fans then they both need to be at UConn. I talked to U of Virgina sports people and they never saw the number of rabid fans as came with UConn Women.

  5. Mayor Barry

    I hope Walter is correct and Stanford has used up it’s 15 scholarships for NEXT year 2013. Erica loved Turazzi and has her phone number. DT will do her UConn thing. The very best thing that happened to DT was Geno and UConn fans. If Erica and Chong want to share the love of 40,000 fans then they both need to be at UConn. I talked to U of Virgina sports people and they never saw the number of rabid fans as came with UConn Women.

  6. OnceAUConnFan

    All the Christ the King players that came to UConn have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. And UConn Fans loved all of them. Two of them Sue and Tina are among the greatest players in the world. Thanks to Geno, Christine, Shea, Marissa, Elliot, and many others.
    How can a local (New York) Woman turn down Geno when he asks?? Chong–you’ve made an excellent choice.

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