NEPA Elite Clark 17U forward/guard Olivia Ciullo is the recipient of her first scholarship offer, receiving it from the University of the Sciences, a National Collegiate Athletic Association Division II school in Philadelphia, less than a week after the team concluded a Hoop Group Showcase League championship season.
Ciullo was the Clark team’s third-leading rebounder despite being taller than just two of her teammates at 5-foot-8.
The Old Forge senior has used an effective mid-range game to score more than 1,000 points and earn third-team Class 2A all-state honors in high school. Ciullo led the Lady Devils to a District 2 championship and a berth in the state quarterfinals before the 2019-20 season ended early because of the coronavirus.
Ciullo finished strong with the first-year AAU team, raising her final field goal percentage to 43.9 while also hitting 71.4 percent from the line.
In the season-ending Hoop Group Girls Championships, Ciullo had 15 points and 11 rebounds in less than 1½ games before suffering a cut to her chin on a hard fall to the floor and missing the final two games of the season.
Ciullo is the latest member of the championship team to land a scholarship offer.
Earlier this year, NEPA Elite Clark teammates Cecelia Collins (Bucknell) and Rachael Rose (University of South Carolina Upstate) committed to NCAA Division I scholarships while Moriah Murray and Kylie Lavelle, who are both juniors, received offers.
Ciullo is preparing for her fourth season as a starter at Old Forge.