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Ossining and Saniya Chong are getting even more national recognition.
On Thursday, Chong was nominated for McDonald’s All-American consideration and received Sports Illustrated’s Player of the Week award. Ossining coach Dan Ricci was also honored, receiving Sports Illustrated’s Coach of the Week.
“It’s a great day here at Ossining,” Ricci said. “We received the letter from McDonald’s today and we did a video shoot with Sports Illustrated last week. It was very professional and a great experience. We’re really excited.”
This was the first time Chong was recognized for either accomplishment, but not the first time she was honored by Sports Illustrated. Chong was featured in Sports Illustrated’s Faces in the Crowd on March 12, 2012 during her junior season.
“This whole thing was really just great to be around,” Chong said. “It was amazing to have Sports Illustrated come in and shoot the video; it was a lot of fun. Not many people get a chance to do something like that, so it was incredible.”
Chong was one of 800 male and female athletes nominated for McDonald’s All-American. A total of 24 males and 23 females will be selected later in the season. Chong is averaging 36 points, 10 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 4.1 steals per game this season and moved into second on the Section 1 all-time scoring list in Ossining’s 88-79 win over Alexander Hamilton on Wednesday.
“It’s a huge honor for me just to be nominated,” said Chong. “I would really like to actually be an All-American (at the end of the season), but to be honest, I’m not really looking for anything else individually. Our goal is to win (a state championship). I’m Sports Illustrated’s player of the week and I’ve been nominated as a McDonald’s All-American. What more can you ask for?”
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