Mechanicsburg guard Talia Gilliard, PennLive’s reigning player of the year, adds two college offers

Mechanicsburg guard Talia Gilliard recently picked up a pair of college scholarship offers, and it appears the Wildcats’ dynamic guard is ready to name her next destination.



a group of people playing a game of football: Mechanicsburg's Talia Gilliard shoots against Twin Valley in their D3 Class 5A Girls basketball semi-final at Mechanicsburg high school.  Feb. 22, 2020


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Mechanicsburg’s Talia Gilliard shoots against Twin Valley in their D3 Class 5A Girls basketball semi-final at Mechanicsburg high school. Feb. 22, 2020

Gilliard told PennLive Thursday that Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference programs California University and Millersville have extended offers, with the returning Class 5A All-State second-team pick prepared to announce her decision during next week’s NCAA early-signing period.

“Both have come in the last few weeks,” said Gilliard, who led Mechanicsburg on a historic 2020 season cut short by the coronavirus pandemic.

“I’ve actually been planning to sign on Wednesday.”

Gilliard said she was “lucky” to have engaged in a couple of AAU tournaments over the summer with Central Pa. Elite and has been preparing for her final winter season at Mechanicsburg with gyms now open.

“It’s been nice getting the chance to get back in the gym and getting back to work with the girls,” Gilliard said.”

In the spring, Gilliard led the Wildcats (26-3) to 20 consecutive victories to open the 2019-20 season, scoring 19 points per game and connecting on 73 3-pointers.

The 5-9 guard hit a pair of clutch free throws in the waning seconds of Mechanicsburg’s 36-35 victory over Springfield-Delco in the PIAA Class 5A quarterfinals.

Mechanicsburg’s deepest run in program history was eventually halted when the PIAA was forced to suspend, and then cancel, the remainder of the state tournament.

Gilliard, named PennLive’s girls basketball player of the year, will open her final season with 983 career points. The Wildcats were 21-7 overall during her sophomore campaign.

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