In one of the most shocking announcements of the season, Ossining senior Saniya Chong has been snubbed from this year’s McDonald’s All-American Game in April.
When the official 24-player roster was announced on ESPNU at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Chong’s name was among those not called, neither was Rye Country Day senior Carolyn Binder, who was also nominated.
Of course, the McDonald’s All-American Game is arguably the most prestigious high school showcase in the nation, so not receiving an invite should hardly be considered a “shock,” but if you factor in what Chong has accomplished this season, it is:
The most notable factor about her snub is that she was selected to this year’s Women’s Basketball Coaches Association All-American Game a few weeks ago.
One can debate which game is more prestigious — the WBCA game, or the McDonald’s game. Is it the McDonald’s game because it is nationally televised and known about? Or is it the WBCA game, because the roster is limited to a select few of just 20 girls, four less than the McDonald’s game?
Including this season’s roster, 51 of the 60 girls selected to the WBCA All-American Game were also selected to the McDonald’s All-American Game that same year.
This year, Chong was one of just two girls to make the WBCA game, but be snubbed from the McDonald’s game, joining Jessica Jackson of Jacksonville HS in Arkansas.
Of course, the bright side is that Chong still will represent Section 1 in the WBCA game on April 6 at the New Orleans Arena, the site of this year’s NCAA Women’s Final Four, so she will still likely get plenty of attention, even though she is already committed to UConn in the fall.
On another interesting note, this is the first-time ever that no female UConn recruits were selected to the game. The inaugural girls game was held in 2002, more than three decades after the first boys game in 1977.
Here are the highlights of Chong’s accomplishments this season:
— Broke the Section 1 all-time scoring record of 2,662 points that was previously held by FDR-Hyde Park grad Karen O’Connor for the last quarter of a century.
— Broke the New York State record of 277 career 3-pointers that was previously held by Bloomfield grad Heather Shepard since 2001.
— Currently leads all players in the state with 35.9 points per game. No other player is averaging more than 26.0 PPG, according to MaxPreps. (Chong also ranks fifth in the nation)
— Currently leads all players in the state with 9.5 assists per game, more than two assists per game above any other player, according to MaxPreps. (Chong is currently tied for second among all players in the United States)
— Has led Ossining to an undefeated record against all New York teams this season, and a top seed in the Section 1 Class AA tournament. The Pride have been the top-ranked team in New York’s Class AA by the NYSSWA all season.
— Selected as the National High School Player of the Week by Sports Illustrated in mid-January after scoring 24 of her 43 points in the fourth quarter against previously unbeaten Hamilton. Head coach Dan Ricci was named National Coach of the Week during the same week.