The recruiting of Ciera Toomey reached a seventh National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I conference and spread to a sixth state Friday night when West Virginia was the latest to make an offer to the NEPA Elite Clark 17U player.
The 6-foot-3 sophomore has continued to receive attention while in the middle of a high school season where she joins NEPA Elite teammate Moriah Murray, a junior who has already verbally committed to Drexel University, in leading the Dunmore High School team. The Lady Bucks are 10-1 overall and again on top of the Lackawanna League Division 3 standings with a perfect divisional record.
Helping her team find success while excelling individually is nothing new to Toomey.
During the summer and fall AAU season, despite being the NEPA Elite Clark team’s youngest player, she was the team leader in points (9.2 per game), rebounds (3.7), blocked shots (1.8) and shooting percentage (60.0 percent) for the Hoop Group Showcase League champions.
Toomey has a total of 11 NCAA Division 1 offers – nine full scholarships and two roster spots in Ivy League programs where athletic scholarships are not allowed based on league rules.
Five of those offers have come from in-state schools and two from New York, but Toomey also has options in Massachusetts, Ohio, New Jersey and now West Virginia.
Two schools each from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big East and Ivy League are officially part of the recruiting battle along with teams from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and Patriot League. West Virginia brings the Big 12 into the mix.
The earlier scholarship offers were from Boston College, Bucknell, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rider, St. John’s and Villanova. The Ivy League offers have come from Columbia and Pennsylvania.
Toomey’s honors on the high school level as a freshman included third-team, all-state from Pennsylvania Sports Writers and first-team, all-District 2 from NEPABasketball.com.