May 19, 2013, 10:06 PM EST
Next October head coach Geno Auriemma and the UConn Huskies will begin their quest for a second consecutive (and ninth overall) national title.
On Saturday the program continued a streak of sorts, as signee Saniya Chong was named Girls’ Basketball Player of the Year by Parade Magazine. Chong, who hails from Ossining, N.Y., is the third Player of the Year in a row to sign with UConn.
Chong, who averaged 34.4 points per game and led her high school to its first-ever state title, beat out Rebekah Dahlman (Vanderbilt signee), Diamond Deshields (North Carolina), Kianna Holland (Duke), and Tori Jankoska (Michigan State) for the award.
North Carolina has three players on the Parade All-American Team, which can be seen below.
|Lindsay Allen||G||St. John’s (Washington, D.C.)||5-7||Notre Dame|
|Lakota Beatty||G||Anadarko (Okla.)||5-8||Oklahoma State|
|Lexie Brown||G||North Gwinnett (Suwanee, Ga.)||5-8||Maryland|
|Dennisha Chambers||G||Louisiana New Tech (Plain Dealing, La.)||5-5||Grambling State|
|Saniya Chong||G||Ossining (N.Y.)||5-10||UConn|
|Alaina Coates||C||Dutch Fork (Irmo, S.C.)||6-5||South Carolina|
|Rebekah Dahlman||G||Braham (Minn.)||5-9||Vanderbilt|
|Nina Davis||F||Memphis Central (Memphis, Tenn.)||6-0||Baylor|
|Diamond DeShields||G||Norcross (Ga.)||6-2||North Carolina|
|Ally Disterhoft||G||West (Iowa City, Iowa)||6-0||Iowa|
|Makayla Epps||G||Marion County (Lebanon, Ky.)||5-9||Kentucky|
|Amanda Fioravanti||F||Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)||6-1||Virginia|
|Becca Greenwell||G||Owensboro Catholic (Ky.)||6-1||Duke|
|Ciara Gregory||G||Jeannette (Pa.)||5-7||Charlotte|
|Linnae Harper||G||Whitney Young (Chicago, Ill.)||5-6||Kentucky|
|Breanna Hayden||G||James Madison (Dallas, Texas)||5-9||Baylor|
|Olivia Healy||F||Reading (Mass.)||5-10||Richmond|
|Ahlisha Henderson||C||Reseda (Los Angeles, Calif.)||6-3||Grambling State|
|Kianna Holland||G||Seneca (S.C.)||5-9||Duke|
|Jessica Jackson||F||Jacksonville (Ark.)||6-2||Arkansas|
|Tori Jankoska||G||Freeland (Mich.)||5-8||Michigan State|
|Kailee Johnson||F||Central Catholic (Portland, Ore.)||6-3||Stanford|
|Breyana Mason||G||Forest Park (Woodbridge, Va)||5-8||Virginia|
|Stephanie Mavunga||C||Brownsburg (Ind.)||6-3||North Carolina|
|Erica McCall||F||Ridgeview (Bakersfield, Calif.)||6-2||Stanford|
|Brandy Montgomery||G||Lincoln Park (Fort Pierce, Fla.)||5-11||Auburn|
|KiKi Patterson||G||Columbus (Miss.)||5-9||Mississippi State|
|Kelsey Plum||G||La Jolla Country Day (Calif.)||5-9||Washington|
|Kaitlyn Pratt||F||McDonogh 35 (New Orleans, La.)||6-0||Arkansas-Little Rock|
|Bianca Quisenberry||G||Tecumseh (New Carlisle, Ohio)||5-8||Cincinnati|
|Taya Reimer||F||Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.)||6-2||Notre Dame|
|Mercedes Russell||C||Springfield (Ore.)||6-6||Tennessee|
|Tyler Scaife||G||Hall (Little Rock, Ark.)||5-9||Rutgers|
|Ieshia Small||F||Florida High (Tallahassee, Fla.)||6-0||Baylor|
|Jazmine Spears||F||New Albany (Miss.)||5-11||Mississippi State|
|Malia Tate-DeFreitas||G||Steelton-Highspire (Steelton, Pa.)||5-8||Hampton|
|Shatori Walker-Kimbrough||F||Hopewell (Aliquippa, Pa.)||5-11||Maryland|
|Jessica Washington||G||Jenks (Tulsa. Okla.)||5-8||North Carolina|
|Ronni Williams||F||Atlantic (Port Orange, Fla.)||6-2||Florida|
|Faith Woodard||F||Freedom (Tampa, Fla.)||6-2||Georgetown|
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Nov 26, 2014, 12:28 AM EST
Pinkston made a couple of huge plays down the stretch.
Nov 26, 2014, 12:10 AM EST
Another busy night of college hoops as the Maui semifinals wrap up and Arkansas gets a statement road win.
Nov 25, 2014, 11:50 PM EST
Maryland pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the young season as they outplayed No. 13 Iowa State for much of the game in front of a pro-Cyclone crowd in Kansas City.
Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s selflessness during the Maui Invitational will help No. 3 Arizona in the long run
Nov 25, 2014, 10:18 PM EST
As Arizona has struggled to find consistent offense early in the 2014-15 season, the consistency and selfless nature of sophomore forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson has allowed Sean Miller to experiment with what works early.
Nov 25, 2014, 7:45 PM EST
Kansas head coach Bill Self is trying to get through to his players by changing starting lineups.
Nov 25, 2014, 6:45 PM EST
The former national champion still has the touch.
Nov 25, 2014, 5:55 PM EST
The Barclays Center Classic doubleheader will air on Friday night on NBC Sports Network.
Nov 25, 2014, 5:20 PM EST
The Friars could be depleted on the perimeter against two tough opponents.
Nov 25, 2014, 4:24 PM EST
Minnesota will take a hit to its back court with this suspension.
Nov 25, 2014, 2:58 PM EST
I hope his joke doesn’t make people ignore the fact the he really felt bad about this.
Nov 25, 2014, 2:43 PM EST
We get some good gauge games on Tuesday night.
Nov 25, 2014, 1:18 PM EST
Frank Kaminsky and Jahlil Okafor are near the top, but the rest of the top five may surprise you.
Nov 25, 2014, 12:27 PM EST
Benjamin hurt his ankle against Michigan.
Nov 25, 2014, 10:30 AM EST
Jason McManamen is trying to prove Billy Hoyle and Sidney Dean wrong.
Nov 25, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
Michigan was dominated on the glass, but the freshman forward stepped up to ice the victory.
Nov 25, 2014, 7:00 AM EST
Can a team that runs a pressing system truly be one of the nations elite?
Late Night Snacks: San Diego State and BYU engage in double OT thriller; Nova, Zona earn big wins; Indiana upset at home
Nov 25, 2014, 2:00 AM EST
A busy night of tournament and non-conference action in college hoops made for some big wins for Villanova and Arizona and a home loss for Indiana.
Nov 24, 2014, 11:51 PM EST
We knew Iowa State had a lot of offensive weapons, but with the return of some key rotation players the Cyclones look really tough.
No. 6 Louisville jumps out to 29-0 lead, holds Savannah State scoreless for nearly 16 minutes in easy win
Nov 24, 2014, 9:35 PM EST
Louisville’s defense took it up a notch against Savannah State.
Nov 24, 2014, 8:30 PM EST
Tennessee is losing an assistant coach as a NCAA investigation into head coach Donnie Tyndall’s time at Southern Mississippi continues.
- JayVaughn Pinkston’s block gives No. 12 Villanova a win over No. 19 Michigan (VIDEO) 0
- Maryland upsets No. 13 Iowa State as fearless freshmen mix with gritty veterans for balanced effort 0
- Rondae Hollis-Jefferson’s selflessness during the Maui Invitational will help No. 3 Arizona in the long run 0
- Player of the Year Power Rankings: A familiar face on top, but a few surprises behind him 0
- Ricky Doyle secures 70-63 win for No. 19 Michigan over Oregon in Legends Classic 0
- Villanova’s win is evidence of why VCU may have peaked as a basketball program 13
- Mike Brey was excited about Notre Dame’s loss because the Irish have their closer back 1
- Poll: 54 percent of people think Kentucky beats the 76ers, 54 percent of people are dumb (31)
- Villanova’s win is evidence of why VCU may have peaked as a basketball program (13)
- College Basketball Talk’s latest top 25: Kentucky reigns, but how far will Kansas, Florida slide? (5)
- Rick Pitino on blow out win: ‘We played four white guys and an Egyptian’ (4)
- After getting embarrassed by No. 1 Kentucky, where does No. 5 Kansas go from here? (3)