Saniya Chong’s Coach (Dan Ricci) Chimes In

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We have these things called deadlines we deal with every day in the newspaper business. Not so much in the virtual world where time and space go to infinity and beyond.

In the course of doing a story on UConn’s lone incoming freshman, Saniya Chong, for the Courant, I reached out to her coach at Ossining High, Dan Ricci, for some insight. Coach wasn’t able to get back to me until this morning, so the story had to go to print without his assistance.

But here’s what he had to say about his former national player of the year this morning:

“Saniya is a very laid back, humble kid. Once she is comfortable, she will open up some, but for the most part you won’t see her get too excited. Off the court, she is just a regular kid. She loves to shop go to the beach, movies, concerts, etc… And from what I hear, around her friends she is more outgoing then she is in basketball and in the media. All around, she is a great kid and will fit in nicely with everyone that is there already.

“Being the only freshman will definitely make things more difficult. She will not have anyone that is going through things for the first time like her. She loves her new teammates, and I am sure they will help her out when things are not going well. I do think her calm demeanor will help her get through the tough times and I am very confident that once she gets comfortable she will do quite well there. “

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