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Saratoga Springs junior basketball standout Chudy commits to Lafayette College

Saratoga's Natasha Chudy drives to the basket between Niskayuna's Olivia O'Meally, left, and Heather Schmidt on Tuesday, Jan. 11.
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Saratoga's Natasha Chudy drives to the basket between Niskayuna's Olivia O'Meally, left, and Heather Schmidt on Tuesday, Jan. 11.

Saratoga Springs junior Natasha Chudy started off this year in exciting fashion.

The Blue Streaks girls’ basketball forward announced her verbal commitment to attend Division I Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania, just one week after scoring her 1,000th career point.

“A year ago, one of the assistant coaches had reached out to my mom [Saratoga Springs girls’ varsity basketball coach Robin Chudy] and built a relationship with her,” Chudy said.

As the Saratoga Springs forward moved from sophomore to junior, more lines of communication were allowed, helping her make her choice.

“The coaches I’ve talked to are all amazing, they’ve all been so nice, they reach out a lot, but have got to take into consideration the academics,” Chudy said. “I think that it’s a perfect balance of great academics, plus great basketball.”

Chudy plans to enter the Lafayette College engineering program when she starts school as part of the Class of 2027; she announced her decision on social media over the weekend.

She chose Lafayette over Boston University, Colgate and Siena College, focusing on making her decision over the holiday break with the help of some friends — her older siblings — Madeline [Maddie], Nate and Nick.

“With all of them being home I had a lot of time to talk with them about it and talk to my family overall,” Chudy said. “I think that was an opportunity to think about where I wanted to go.”

All three older siblings participated in the college sports recruiting process; Madeline played women’s lacrosse at WPI, Nick plays men’s basketball at Muhlenberg and Nate plays baseball at Holy Cross.

“All were great athletes and they said to try to choose a great academic school, too,” Chudy said. “They told me I should find something that is going to give me the best of both worlds.”

She chose the Leopards of the Patriot League at Lafayette College.

“I was thinking about college a lot and looking at each college, its pros and cons and I just thought Lafayette was a great fit,” Chudy said. “The thing holding me back was that it’s kind of scary to make that decision.”

While her siblings were supportive, her mom and her coach, Robin Chudy, may have been the happiest.

“Oh my gosh, she had been wanting to buy so many shirts and stuff,” Natasha Chudy said. “So, it’s kind of funny.”

Chudy is more than a full year away from taking the court for the Leopards, but they already were impressed by what they saw in the Blue Streaks junior. This season, Chudy is averaging 23.6 points, 10.1 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game.

“The main thing they’ve probably told me is that they’re looking for a player to kind of be able to be in the post, but also come out to the wing,” Chudy said. “This year I’ve worked a lot on being able to be a wing player and being able to do both.”

When Chudy steps on the hardwood at Lafayette College in the fall of 2023 she will have the opportunity to prove herself and earn playing time.

“My entire life I’ve been playing up, playing a lot with the older girls so I think I’ll be able to adjust to that. It’s something that I’m pretty good at,” Chudy said.

 

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