Whenever there's recruiting news for the women's basketball team we dig up the boilerplate language for what this all means for the Huskies, the rest of the Big East, and the rest of the country. It goes something like this: [Latest big-name recruit] makes UConn the prohibitive favorites heading into the season. They'll face the annual challenge from Notre Dame but there's no reason to think that UConn won't be back in the Final Four when it's all said and done.
So who is the "latest big-name recruit"? Saniya Chong, a 5-9 guard from Ossinga, New York, committed to the Huskies over the weekend, according to the Hartford Courant's John Altavilla.
She visited Storrs over the weekend and wasted little time in making a decision.
"I thought the visit went really well; I had a nice time," Chong said. "I didn't expect I'd love it this much. It's the perfect fit for me. I loved being around the girls and it is going to be a great opportunity."
MaxPreps.com describes her as "one of the most prolific scorers and offensive weapons in high school girls basketball," which will only make an already-formidable Huskies lineup somehow scarier.
"All the colleges, basically every college has the same concept," she told The Journal News. "But UConn, I just really fell in love with it -- the players, the campus, how close it is to home, the staff, the coach."
Chong, who would be a freshman in 2013-14, was ninth in the country in scoring as a high school junior, averaging 33 points per game. One-hundred of her 277 made baskets came beyond the three-point arc. In addition to being able to fill up the basket, Chong also averaged 9.7 assists, 5.2 rebounds and 5.2 steals per game.
A year from now we could be talking about a Huskies team that features Bria Hartley, Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis, the current freshman class of Breanna Stewart, Morgan Tuck and Moriah Jefferson, and Chong.
Try to wrap your head around that.