Ciera Toomey’s first scholarship offer has come from the Big Ten.
The 6-foot-3 NEPA Elite Clark 17U forward/guard has received an offer from Penn State University.
Toomey, the only sophomore on the Hoop Group Showcase League team otherwise made up off seniors and juniors, has proven throughout the past year that she was ready to compete and older and well-established players. She received Class 3A all-state honors from Pennsylvania sports writers for her play on Dunmore’s Lackawanna League Division 3 and District 2 championship team, which was in the state quarterfinals when the 2019-20 season was halted because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
With NEPA Elite, the first-year AAU club out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton, proved to be a versatile offensive threat and effective shot-blocker while playing a schedule loaded with future college players.
Toomey led in points, rebounds and blocked shots on a team that features two National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I-scholarship committed players and two other underclassmen with Division I offers in place. She averaged 9.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.8 blocked shots on an extremely balanced team. Toomey led the team in both field goals made and field goal percentage (60.0) while shooting and making the most free throws, going 42-for-55 for 76.4 percent. She also made a dozen 3-pointers and ranked third on the team in assists.
At Dunmore, Toomey averaged 15.7 points, along with 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 3 steals as a freshman. She was a third-team choice for all-state, as well as a first-team, all-District 2 and Lackawanna League Division 3 all-star selection by NEPABasketball.com.
The NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls went 25-4 in their first season.
The team includes Scranton Prep’s Cecelia Collins and Rachael Rose, who have committed to Division I scholarships from Bucknell University and the University of South Carolina Upstate. Juniors Moriah Murray, from Dunmore, and Kylie Lavelle, from Riverside, are the other players who have received Division I offers.
Along with the AAU basketball season, which carried from the summer into the fall this year, Toomey also earned a high school state medal in golf.
Penn State has made 25 NCAA Division I women’s tournament appearances. The Lady Lions struggled in 2019-20, going 1-17 in the Big Ten and 7-23 overall.