Chong Named To WBCA All-America Team

UConn-bound recruit Saniya Chong, a 5-foot-9 guard from Ossining, N.Y., has been selected as one of the 20 participants that will compete in the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) High School All-America Game, the WBCA announced today.

The 22nd annual High School All-America Game will be held at New Orleans Arena, which is the site of the Final Four, April 6 at 4:30 p.m. CT.

“This is a tremendous honor for her that I feel is well deserved,’’ Ossining coach Dan Ricci said. “She is the first player not only from our school but from our Section to receive this honor and she did it her way. She chose to play AAU basketball with her high school teammates even though she had the opportunity to play at several well known prestigious AAU programs. This is a decision that several people told her would hurt her chances of being seen by top colleges and hurt the possibility of her being named an All-American. Well, it turns out she is going to the best women’s basketball program in the country and she is also an All-American. It goes without saying that we here at Ossining High School could not be more proud of Saniya.’’

 Chong is averaging 35.3 points, 5.3 rebounds, 9.6 assists, 4.3 steals and 1.9 blocks this season. With 2,624 career points, she needs 39 to become the all-time Section 1 scoring leader. The record of 2,662 points that was set in 1987 is currently held by Karen O’Connor, who played at Arizona State.

 Chong also has more than 600 career assists and 497 rebounds. She will surpass 500 rebounds tomorrow against Blind Brook.

The 20-player All-America team and a 20-player honorable mention team were selected from a list of nominees by a selection committee composed of WBCA-member girls’ high school basketball coaches from nine geographical districts across the country.