NEPA Elite Clark 17U forward Skylar Bianchi has committed to Misericordia University to continue her academic and athletic careers.
The 5-foot-11 Valley View senior visited the school Tuesday and finalized a decision, which she announced this afternoon.
Bianchi is a two-time, second-team Lackawanna League Division 1 all-star selection by NEPABasketball.com. She has been scouted by the Misericordia coaching staff and has seen the Cougars play in recent seasons.
“It just seemed like such a fun place to be,” said Bianchi, who has been accepted into the physical therapy program at Misericordia.
Bianchi is the third-leading rebounder on the NEPA Elite Clark team that is 18-3 this summer. She is coming off a team-leading, 13-point, 6-rebound effort in Monday’s 48-47 victory over the Empire State Blue Flames-Nick in the bracket championship game at The Challenge in Lancaster County.
“It’s definitely the most fun AAU season I’ve had with all the girls,” Bianchi said. “We’re all just really close and playing together. I think that helps us.
“Every weekend we go out and it’s great competition. The games have been really close.”
Misericordia moved into the national rankings during the 2018-19 season. It finished 23-6 and followed that up with a 20-7 record, going 10-4 in the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom both seasons.
In four seasons under head coach Jason Rhine, the Cougars are 80-33 for the best four-year record in the program’s history.
The Misericordia roster already includes Erica Haefele, Morgan Haefele and Gianna Delfino, who also came through Riverfront Sports in Scranton, playing for JB Hoops AAU teams. The Haefele sisters are from Mid Valley and Delfino is from Dunmore.
Their positive impression of playing in the Misericordia program was a factor in the decision, according to Bianchi.
Bianchi chose Misericordia over DeSales University after also visiting Cabrini and Moravian.