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Thursday, February 14, 2013

UConn commit Saniya Chong not selected for McDonald's game

The McDonald's All-American has included a girls' game since 2002 and each year at least one UConn signee was selected to play in the game - until this year.http://www.mcdepk.com/2013allamericangames/media/GirlsRoster_2013.pdf

UConn's only incoming freshman Saniya Chong is enjoying a spectacular senior season at Ossining (N.Y.) High but she was not among the 24 players named to play in the Apr. 3 all-star game in Chicago.

Chong is averaging 35.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, 9.5 assists, 4.3 steals and 2.0 blocked shots this season. She also has 71 3-pointers giving her a New York girls' basketball state record 283 in her career.

Chong is the sixth all-time leading scorer in New York history with 2,706 points but nobody has scored more points from the ninth grade through 12th grade as Chong as all five players ahead of her have statistics included over five or six seasons. Chong has played in 88 career games and had scored at least 30 in half of them. She also has 17 career 40 point games, has scored 50 or more four times including a career-high 61.

Chong and Ossining open play in the New York Class AA Section 1 tournament on Friday against the winner of tonight's Mamaroneck/Yorktown game.

The McDonald's All-American Game will be played at the United Center in Chicago on Apr. 3. Chong was among the 20 players selected to play in the WBCA High School All-American Game which is being played in New Orleans on Apr. 6.

Since McDonald's added the girls' game in 2002 there is not a program with more recruits selected than UConn's 24. That list does not include UConn signee Elena Delle Donne who never played a game for the Huskies but does include Brittany Hunter who started her career with Duke before transferring to UConn as well as Liz Sherwood and Samarie Walker who played for the Huskies before transferring to Vanderbilt and Kentucky respectively.

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