The recruiting of Ciera Toomey continues to spread around the nation.
Toomey, an NEPA Elite Clark 17U forward who is completing her sophomore year at Dunmore, received her 16th National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I offer Wednesday, adding a 10th state and the southern-most school to the list when the University of North Carolina stepped forward.
North Carolina is coming off a season in which it went to the NCAA Tournament where it lost in the first round to Alabama, 80-71. The Tar Heels finished 8-9 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and 13-11 overall.
Toomey was the youngest player on the 2020 NEPA Elite Clark AAU team that won the Hoop Group Showcase League title. She is back with the team this season after earning first-team Class 4A all-state honors for Lackawanna League Division 3 champion Dunmore.
ESPN-W has Toomey listed as the 14th-best prospect nationally from the Class of 2023.
Toomey’s other Division I scholarship offers have come from Boston College, Bucknell, Michigan, Northeastern, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Rider, St. John’s, Vanderbilt, Villanova and West Virginia. She also has offers to join the programs at Columbia and Pennsylvania, which, as Ivy League members, cannot offer athletic scholarships.
The schools that have made official offers are from Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Massachusetts, Michigan, Illinois, Tennessee, West Virginia and now North Carolina.
More major colleges continue to follow Toomey’s progress and show interest in recruiting her.