Saniya Chong of Ossining High named Parade's Player of the Year
Saniya Chong, Ossining High School's star point guard, now owns one of the most prestigious titles in girls high school basketball.
Chong on Friday was named Parade magazine's national Player of the Year for the 2012-13 season.
The University of Connecticut-bound Chong averaged 34.4 points per game during her senior season and led Ossining to the Class AA state championship.
“If the opposition wants to try to hold (her scoring average) down, she’s the kind of point guard who can make anybody else around her the game’s leading scorer,” the Parade article says. “Foul her, and she’ll beat you from the free-throw line — she makes, oh, about 9 in every 10. Play soft defense on her, and she’ll destroy you from behind the 3-point arc.
“As a defender, she never met a steal she didn’t like, and even at 5-foot-9 she is a capable rebounder.”
Impressive accolades are nothing new for Chong. She is Section 1's all-time leading scorer, and she broke the state's single-season scoring record with 928 points as a senior. She was named Miss New York Basketball, as well as the Gatorade state Player of the Year. In April, she played in the Women's Basketball Coaches Association's All-American game in New Orleans.