Ossining basketball star Saniya Chong says she is heading to the University of Connecticut after graduation. The five-foot-nine guard for Ossining has been eyed by schools such as Rutgers, Ohio State and Louisville.
Chong signed her letter of intent on the first day of the signing period for the NCAA. She will play under Huskies Coach Geno Auriemma. Auriemma has led UConn to a number of division championships. He has also been the USA women's basketball coach.
Chong says she feels like UConn is the next step for her.
"I thought the visit went really well; I had a nice time. I didn't expect I'd love it this much. It's the perfect fit for me. I loved being around the girls and it is going to be a great opportunity," Chong told NBC Connecticut's Ryan Wilson.
Chong says that a big part of her decision was that the University of Connecticut made her feel at home—the same type of feeling that she has had while playing here in Ossining.
“I think the best thing is they didn’t just look at my ability to play, but they also looked at my personality. You actually have to take time out of your day to know who I am. I might be shy at first, but I am very outgoing, but a little humble. For them waiting for me, taking the time, it really showed me a lot.” Chong said in an interview with New Hampshire Register Reporter Jim Fuller.
As Chong thinks about her future at UConn, she is also focused on winning here in Ossining during her senior year. The Pride's season gets underway on December 7, when they will go head-to-head with Archbishop Molloy. The Pride hope to conjure up some of last years success, when they made it all the way to the NY State Final Four.
Chong is the number 75 prospect in the class of 2013, according to ESPN. She had a ceremony to celebrate her signing the letter of intent with UConn Wednesday afternoon, although she actually committed to the Huskies over the weekend, according to WVIT-TV.
MaxPreps says Chong is "One of the most prolific scorers and offensive weapons in high school girls basketball…" But Chong says she isn't letting any of that go to her head. She says that she and her teammates are going to stay humble.
Last year the Ossining senior was the ninth highest scorer in the nation. She averaged 33 points per game.