Western Pennsylvania has produced quite a few girls Division I basketball players over the last few years and that continued on Tuesday as the latest one decided to stay home.
Moon Class of 2022 point guard Reilly Sunday made the decision to commit to Dan Burt and the Duquesne Dukes. Sunday was a first-team all-section and third-team all-state honoree as a sophomore when she averaged over 21 points per game. Sunday is currently rehabbing after undergoing knee surgery in September.
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Prior to committing to Duquesne, Sunday also received offers from Robert Morris, American, Colgate, George Washington, Kent State, Marshall, Penn, Princeton, Toledo, Western Michigan and Youngstown State.
“Everything that the Duquesne has told me has shown me what a great fit they would be for me and I really have a great relationship with the coaching staff,” Sunday told Pittsburgh Sports Now. “Their staff has been recruiting me for a long time and I really felt comfortable with them. I love the Duquesne campus and I love the fact that my family and friends will be able to come and watch me play. I love the style of play and intensity that they have and can’t wait to join the team.”
Burt has done a tremendous job over the last few years of signing a lot of the top WPIAL talent and that continued this weekend. Counting Sunday, Burt has also been able to land current Dukes freshman Tess Myers, Megg McConnell and has a commitment from 2021 Bethel Park star Liv Westphal.
McConnell and Myers are performing well this season as McConnell leads all freshman in the country in assist/turnover ratio (3.0) and Myers ranks seventh among freshmen nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (43.9%). Sunday is aware of all this and hopes to do as well and can’t wait to be teammates with these women that she’s played against.
“It’s definitely cool that after years of competing against these great players to know that soon I’ll be teammates with them. I’ve played against Megan in our section because she played for Chartiers Valley. Tess is someone that I haven’t played against but scrimmaged against her. Liv, who’s coming in next year, was on the older AAU team and we played a little together this year. It’s nice to know we’re all going to be on the same team.”
A local assistant AAU coach, who’s very familiar with Sunday, gave this description of Sunday to Pittsburgh Sports Now.
“She is a beast on the court. I love her game. She is a woman among girls. She is a dominant point guard. She is a score-first point guard who is strong and physical. She is strong as an ox.”
During our phone call, I told Sunday about this description and got her reaction.
“Well, I definitely appreciate that description. I look at myself as a hard worker that’s really a team player. I am a scoring threat even though I play the point guard position but I also like to get my teammates involved.”