NEPA Elite Clark 17U point guard Rachael Rose received her first scholarship offer Monday, one day after the team from Riverfront Sports in Scranton completed its first competition ever.
Rose, a rising senior at Scranton Prep, has been offered a full National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I scholarship from the University of South Carolina Upstate and its new head coach, former Abington Heights all-stater Becky Burke.
The three NEPA Elite girls teams made their debut Friday through Sunday in the Summer Tip Off at Spooky Nook Sports in Manheim Township, Lancaster County.
Rose excelled throughout the weekend while the Clark team was going 4-1 while competing against the event’s top opponents, playing in Pool A of the 11th Grade Division.
“Rachael did a great job at the point,” said Kevin Clark, head coach of the team and founder of the club.
Rose was 6-for-7 for 12 points, along with 4 assists in Friday’s 58-42 win over Comets-Genther GUAA. She was 5-for-6 from the floor, making all three of her 3-point attempts, while scoring 13 points and grabbing 5 rebounds in Saturday’s 50-35. Rose then led the way Sunday when NEPA Elite handed GTS Fusion its only loss at the event.
Against GTS Fusion, Rose was 3-for-5 on 3-pointers, made all 6 of her free throw attempts and finished with 19 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists in the 59-52 victory.
At Scranton Prep, Rose is a three-time Class 4A all-state player. After a pair of third-team selections, she moved up to second team for her role in Scranton Prep’s unbeaten season as a junior. The 1,000-point career scorer was named District 2 Player of the Year by NEPABasketball.com.
Prior to the new NEPA Elite club, Rose played in the JB Hoops program at Riverfront.