Another elite East Bay girls basketball player is leaving the West Coast.
Natalie Romeo, a 5-foot-7 point guard from Carondelet High, committed to Nebraska on Thursday, choosing the Big 10 program over finalists Utah, Louisville, St. Mary's and Oregon State.
"I felt right there," said Romeo, the reigning East Bay Athletic League MVP. "I loved the people, the coaches, the team and the campus... Of course I'm going to miss my family but it will be cool to go somewhere else and start new."
She will join a Nebraska program that last year took second in the Big 10 and reached the NCAA tournament, where it lost to Duke in the Sweet 16.
Romeo, a four-year starter for her Cal Stars Elite club team, missed part of the recent summer basketball circuit after dislocating her kneecap and straining her MCL at the End of the Trail tournament in Oregon in early July.
But she expects to be ready for the start of the high school season, and will try to end her career by leading Carondelet to a third consecutive North Coast Section Division II title. Last season, Romeo averaged 21.4 points, 6.7 assists and 6.3 steals for the Cougars.
Two of Romeo's Cal Stars teammates also made commitments this week with Salesian's Mariya Moore choosing Louisville and Archbishop Mitty's Kelli Hayes picking UCLA.