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Oakton’s Coyer sisters commit to play basketball at Villanova

After years of being recruited to play college basketball and soccer, Oakton juniors Caroline and Katherine Coyer finally settled on their choice: They’d play basketball at Villanova.

Caroline, an All-Met, and Katherine, twin sisters who last summer resolved to be a package deal, verbally committed to the Philadelphia private school on Thursday.

Oakton girls high school basketball players Katherine Coyer, left, and twin sister Caroline committed this week to play at Villanova. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

“It was the perfect fit for us,” Katherine said. “We fit in well with the girls and with their program and we love what they are trying to get to. We like their location, near our brother and near our home. There was really no downside.” 

Villanova recruited each of the sisters as separate parts from the start, offering each of them a scholarship and feeling each of them would be needed additions to their team, Caroline said. 

“They recruited us as individuals, not as a unit,” Caroline said. “That was one of the key parts of going there. And I don’t think that was necessarily the case with other places.” 

When they decided they would only play college basketball together, the sisters’ recruiting options grew more limited. Caroline, the flashier basketball player and Virginia AAA Northern Region player of the year, was more heavily recruited by college coaches. Katherine, a stalwart defender on the hardwood, was a more sought-after soccer player.

Six schools dropped out of the running when the sisters make their decision. But more than a dozen remained interested in both sisters, with Villanova at the forefront.

The sisters had also considered James Madison, Pittsburgh, St. Joseph’s and Texas Christian as finalists, their father said.

Villanova is “a program that feels very strongly about both of them,” said their father, Chris. “And a program that feels that they will make a significant impact to their program.”

Playing at Villanova gives them the opportunity to not only play in the Big East, but also to play under longtime coach Harry Perrett. But it also keeps the sisters close to their brother, Chris, an Oakton graduate and sophomore quarterback at nearby Temple.

Villanova last reached the NCAA Tournament in the 2008-09 season, the ninth time under Perretta’s tenure.

“They’re really excited,” Chris Coyer said.

James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010, wrote about high school sports across the region for two years and has covered the Nationals since the middle of the 2012 season.



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