OAKLAND -- Over the last few years, the talent on the Bishop O'Dowd High girls basketball team has caught the attention of college coaches from all over the country.
Now four seniors from the defending Division III state champions are officially headed to Division I college programs.
Oderah Chidom, K.C. Waters, Breanna Brown and Ariell Bostick will all go in separate directions next year, but signed their letters of intent together in a ceremony at the school Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.
Chidom, a 6-foot-4 forward who is ranked a top 10 national recruit by three rating services, is headed to Duke. Brown, also a 6-foot-4 forward, will join her in the Atlantic Coast Conference after she signed with Virginia Tech.
Waters elected to stay close to home and play at Cal while Bostick will join one of the West Coast's top mid-major programs, San Diego State.
"It feels real, now I can actually see myself at the next level," said Chidom, who played for the U.S. under-17 national team over the summer. "It just feels like it's the real deal now. It's getting surreal, I'm trying to enjoy every moment."
Chidom is part of a four-player recruiting class at Duke that was ranked No. 2 in the nation by Blue Star Report.
"Oderah will score inside, but she will also score outside," Duke coach Joanne McCallie said in a statement. "She has versatility with her game as her ball-handling continues to grow, that will give her more opportunity at the three position. Defensively, she is absolutely terrific."
Waters originally thought she'd be heading east, too, but turned down offers from schools like Tennessee and Florida to play for Lindsay Gottlieb's Cal program. She said former teammate Mikayla Lyles, now a guard at Cal, helped convince her to go to Berkeley.
"I know I made the right decision for myself and to make it official feels great," said Waters, the 2012 East Bay Player of the Year.
At 6-foot-2, Waters plays the post for O'Dowd but worked this summer to become more versatile.
"I saw a Cal practice and asked (Gottlieb) if I'd be working with the guards or the posts and she said 'you can go back and forth because you can do both," Waters said. "Some coaches totally shut me down in the post area and some people couldn't give me a clear answer on what I was going to be. Cal gave me that reassurance. I can do what I want to do, which is be physical in the post or if I want to step out. It definitely helped in my decision in choosing Cal."
Said Gottlieb about Waters in a release: "She has a combination of size, skill and athleticism that will make her special at the next level."
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