The recruiting of NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls team underclassmen continues.
Bucknell University has extended Ciera Toomey her second National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I women’s basketball scholarship offer.
The offer to the Dunmore High School sophomore comes one day after Riverside junior and NEPA Elite teammate Kylie Lavelle announced her verbal commitment to Division I Drexel University and less than two weeks after Penn State University became the first to offer a scholarship to Toomey.
“Right now, I’m still so young that everything is an option at this point,” said Toomey, who has also received early recruiting interest from other major college programs. “I’m not closing any doors.”
Toomey, a 6-foot-3 forward/guard, followed up earning third-team Class 3A all-state honors as a freshman by leading the AAU team out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton in points, rebounds and blocked shots this summer and fall.
As a freshman, Toomey was a first-team NEPABasketball.com all-District 2 choice and Lackawanna League Division 3 all-star. She helped the Lady Bucks win division and district titles before returning to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association state quarterfinals where the season ended because of the shutdown for the coronavirus.
As the youngest player on the Clark team at NEPA Elite, the first-year club out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton, Toomey was effective inside and out on offense and protected the rim on defense. She led a balanced team with 9.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 1.8 blocked shots and 60-percent accuracy from the field.
Toomey’s family already subscribes ESPN-3 and ESPN+ services to follow women’s college basketball, in particular the career of Victoria Toomey, Ciera’s older sister who is going into her sophomore season at Division I Rider University. That gives her a chance to learn more about programs that already are or could become involved in her recruiting.
“I’ll definitely make an effort, with whatever schools I talk to, to watch more games,” Ciera Toomey said. “I think this year, more than ever, it will be possibly to watch games even if you’re not there.”
Cecelia Collins, a Scranton Prep senior and NEPA Elite teammate, committed to a scholarship from Bucknell this summer.
Bucknell, the 2017 and 2019 Patriot League representative in the NCAA Tournament, was 16-2 in the Patriot League and 24-6 overall in 2019-20, its first season under former University of Scranton women’s and Misericordia University men’s coach Trevor Woodruff.