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Toomey receives Pittsburgh offer

Ciera Toomey’s count of National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I offers has now reached double figures.

The University of Pittsburgh on Saturday became the 10th Division I school on the list when it extended a scholarship offer to the NEPA Elite Clark 17U girls AAU team member.

Toomey, a 6-foot-3 sophomore from Dunmore, has eight Division I scholarship offers along with roster spot offers from two schools in the Ivy League, which does not issue athletic scholarships.

After playing a major role in the NEPA Elite Clark team out of Riverfront Sports in Scranton winning the first Girls Hoop Group Showcase League title, Toomey is again doing the same in title pursuits at Dunmore High School. She helped the Lady Bucks (4-1 overall) take sole possession of the Lackawanna League Division 3 lead when she had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 3 blocked shots in a 62-53 road win over previously unbeaten Riverside.

Toomey shot 6-for-9 from the floor, including 3-for-4 on 3-pointers against Dunmore.

With NEPA Elite, Toomey was the Clark team’s leading scorer, rebounder and shot blocker as well as posting its highest shooting percentage.

As a result, Boston College, Bucknell, Ohio State, Penn State, Rider, St. John’s and Villanova all made scholarship offers prior to Pitt joining the mix. Columbia and Penn are the Ivy League schools that have formalized their interest in landing Toomey.

Toomey was a third-team, Class 3A, all-state player, according to Pennsylvania Sports Writers, and a first-team, all-District 2 choice by following her freshman season at Dunmore. She averaged 15.7 points, 8 rebounds, 4 blocked shots and 3 steals on a 26-1 team that was one of eight pursuing the Class 3A title when the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association shut down its state tournament because of the coronavirus.

Pittsburgh is 2-4 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 4-5 overall this season.


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