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.