Former Pinole Valley High star DeNesha Stallworth said she leaves the Cal women's basketball team with no ill feelings and hopes to play next at Kentucky, Georgia Tech or Fresno State.
She also said a disappointing season in which the Bears missed qualifying for the NCAA tournament contributed to her decision.
"Everybody was unhappy with our season," Stallworth said. "I played OK. I felt like I could have done a lot better in many different areas. Overall, it wasn't the year I wanted."
The 6-foot-3 forward, who averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds as a sophomore this season, got her official release this week.
"I'm not saying Coach (Joanne Boyle) limited my game. I just felt like I needed to go somewhere else and start over," Stallworth said. "It was very, very hard to look my teammates in the eyes and tell them I'm leaving, the coaches, too.
"I'm just glad I'm leaving with positive energy and not negative."
Stallworth met Thursday with Georgia Tech coach MaChelle Joseph and plans a campus visit a week from now. She also has scheduled trips to Fresno State and Kentucky and expects to choose a new school by the end of April.
Boyle, who is at the women's Final Four in Indianapolis, said through a Cal spokesperson that she wishes Stallworth well.
Stallworth informed Boyle this week of her decision and said, "She didn't necessarily (try to) talk me out of it."
A year after winning 24 games and capturing
Stallworth faded at season's end, averaging just 7.7 points the final seven games.
Cal returns sophomore starting center Talia Caldwell next season and expects back forward Gennifer Brandon, who missed this season with a stress fracture to her shin after averaging a team-best 8.5 rebounds as a freshman in 2009-10.