UConn commit Saniya Chong had one eye on the present and the other on the future today at New Orleans Arena. With the Huskies in town to compete for an NCAA record-tying eighth national championship at the Final Four, she was competing in the WBCA All-America Game.
Chong, a member of the Purple team, finished with nine points (3-of-4 FG), six rebounds, four assists and one steal in 21 minutes in a 74-70 loss to the Black team. Afterward, she said that she is excited to get started on her college career.
“I am looking into the future right now,’’ Chong said. “I’m just a little nervous. Since I am the only freshman (coming in next season) it’s going to be a little harder and more difficult for me to get around and get a hang of things. But I think I got it.’’
Chong, who said she will arrive at UConn June 22, averaged 34.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 4.8 steals and 2.0 blocks this season for Ossining (N.Y.) High. She finished her career with 2,988 points, setting a state Section 1 scoring record and is ranked fourth all-time in state history.
Chong also led the Pride (22-5) to the state Class AA championship. It was the first state championship in team history.
“I would say I have accomplished everything that I would’ve imagined,’’ said Chong, who is currently playing lacrosse at Ossining to stay in shape. “I accomplished so many things just by myself and then so many accomplishments for me and my team, and especially that one goal of the state championship. We got it and that’s what we wished for.’’
Here is how Chong said she will fit in next season at UConn …
“I think anywhere I would perfectly fit,’’ Chong said. “I think that if I just play as hard as I do each and every game I think I should be fine. I think I would bring all-around … defense, shooter, point guard. I would hope to bring everything that they would all look for. Maybe pushing the ball down, maybe shooting a shot when I’m open or just taking control sometimes. I think that hopefully I can fit it in.’’