Incoming freshman Saniya Chong, a 5-foot-9 guard from Ossining, N.Y., will be joining UConn coach Geno Auriemma and former Huskies’ All-Americans Rebecca Lobo and Jennifer Rizzotti in the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, Tenn. Well, the jersey that she wore during her All-American season at Ossining High will anyway.
Ossining coach Dan Ricci received a letter from the Hall of Fame stating the Chong’s jersey will hang in the “Ring of Honor’’ in recognition of her accomplishments this season. There are currently over 100 jerseys hanging in the exhibit, including those of high school and college All-Americans from the 2011-12 season.
Chong, a WBCA All-America who is expected to arrive at UConn June 22, averaged 34.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 4.8 steals and 2.0 blocks this season. She led Ossining (22-5) to the state Class AA championship, the first state championship in team history.
Chong also finished her career with 2,988 points, setting a state Section 1 scoring record and is ranked fourth all-time in state history.
“Having her jersey hung at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in the Ring of Honor is a tremendous honor,’’ Ricci said. “Not only for Saniya but also our program, school, community and Section One basketball as a whole. The letter explained that the Hall is all about honoring the past, the present and the future in women’s basketball and it is awesome that they feel that Saniya is part of that future.
“We here at Ossining could not be more proud of Saniya and everything she has accomplished so far in her young career. Everyone here is so happy she will be a part of the awesome tradition of UConn basketball. Not that they need it but Connecticut basketball recently gained a whole town of new Husky fans anxious to see their girl perform on that stage. Saniya is one of the most humble kids you will ever meet, which to me makes it even more special that she is receiving the recognition that she deserves.’’
Ricci said that Thursday he received a replica of Chong’s WBCA All-America jersey that will be hung at Ossining High.