Chong, Ekmark Named State Gatorade Player Of The Year

UConn commit Saniya Chong has been named the Gatorade New York Player of the Year, it was announced today.

Chong, a 5-foot-9 guard, is averaging 35.0 points, 5.3 rebounds, 9.3 assists, 4.7 steals and 2.1 blocks this season for Ossining High (20-4). She will lead the Pride against Sachem East of Section 11 Friday in the state semifinals at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, N.Y. (6:15 p.m.).

Chong has a `B’ average and has volunteered locally on behalf of youth basketball programs.

UConn-bound Class of 2014 recruit Courtney Ekmark, a 6-foot guard, was named the Gatorade Arizona Player of the Year. She averaged 19.6 points, five rebounds and four steals in leading St. Mary’s High to a 29-1 record and its third straight Division I state championship.

Ekmark also has a 4.32 GPA and is a devoted member of her church community and has taken part in literacy-outreach initiatives and has volunteered locally feeding the homeless.

Chong and Ekmark are now finalists for the Gatorade National Girls Basketball Player of the Year, which will be announced later this month.