Opposing teams have to choose their poison when guarding Ossining guard Saniya Chong. If they try to get physical with the 5-foot-9 senior, the Connecticut signee hits 90% of her free throws. Give her too much space and she'll spot up for a three-pointer.
A four-year starter at Ossining, Chong is closing in on the state record for career three-pointers. She is the focus of this week's American Family Insurance ALL-USA Watch.
Until April, when the postseason ALL-USA girls basketball team will be announced, we’re taking a look at those who have either backed up the preseason hype or played their way into ALL-USA consideration.
This week’s player: Ossining, N.Y., senior point guard Saniya Chong.
2012 Stats: Is averaging 35.8 points, 9.8 assists and 4.4 steals per game. Has made 93 of 105 free throws.
Best Games: She has been on a roll in her past three games: she had 46 points in an 80-69 defeat of St. Anthony's (Melville) on Dec. 28; on Dec. 30, she had nine three-pointers and 51 points in a 90-84 defeat of reigning state Class B champ Irvington; and on Jan. 4, she had 46 points in an 89-84 win against Christ the King (Middle Village), including 33 points in the second half.
Others' Take: “She's a three-point shooter who is a point guard," said Ossining coach Dan Ricci. "She loves to pass. A lot of people say she reminds them of Bria Hartley (now a junior at Connecticut). At the college level, she will probably be less a scorer and more of a passer."
Look Out For: Chloe Jackson, a 5-9 junior guard at Riverdale Baptist (Upper Marlboro, Md.), has shined in big games. She had 27 points in a 96-74 loss to then-No. 3 Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) on Dec. 22 in the Nike Tournament of Champions in Phoenix. Also in the tournament, on Dec. 21, she had 25 points against then-No. 4 Bishop O'Dowd (Oakland) in a 57-46 victory.
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