Two of the premier high school girls basketball players in the East Bay will be staying in the Bay Area for college.
Carondelet's Erica Payne and Berkeley's Brittany Boyd orally committed this week to Stanford and Cal, respectively.
Payne, a forward, was the Bay Area News Group East Bay Player of the Year last season. Boyd, a point guard, was named to the All-East Bay first team.
After being accepted by Stanford on Tuesday, Payne said she told Cardinal coach Tara VanDerveer of her decision Wednesday.
"I realized that since I had the opportunity to go there, that was the choice I wanted to make," Payne said. "The funny thing is that at first (last summer), I wasn't so sure about Stanford. It's so close to home and ... it's familiar to me. As I went through this process and I thought about it more and more, I decided I liked what was going on at Stanford. ... It grew on me more and more until it was my top option."
Payne, ranked by ESPN HoopGurlz as the nation's No. 61 recruit in the class of 2011, averaged 15 points, 10.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists, 2.6 steals and 2.2 blocks per game in helping the Cougars reach the California Interscholastic Federation Division II state championship game last season as a junior. She also considered Cal, UCLA, Arizona State, Boston College, Texas and Notre Dame.
The 6-foot-2 Payne said Stanford sees her as a wing.
"I knew that if I wanted to play at the next level, I had to develop my outside game," she said.
Boyd, ranked the nation's No. 30 recruit, gave her oral commitment to Cal coach Joanne Boyle on Wednesday.
"It's close to home and the (college) degree. I'm thinking of what I'll do after college," Boyd said of her reasons for picking the Bears. "The recruiting process was getting a little overwhelming, and in my heart I felt Cal was the place for me."
Boyd averaged 17.8 points and 6.7 assists per game last season for the Yellowjackets, who won the North Coast Section Division I title and advanced to the Northern California regional final. She said she picked Cal over Washington, Miami, Kansas and Clemson.
Both Boyd and Payne recently participated in tryouts for USA Basketball's under-18 national team.
The duo can sign their letters of intent on Nov. 10.