OAKLAND -- Bishop O'Dowd High girls basketball standout Oderah Chidom says she's headed to Duke.

The 6-foot-3 senior gave her oral commitment Sunday night on the heels of her weekend visit to the Durham, N.C. campus. She took official visits to each of her finalists -- Duke, Cal, UCLA and Washington -- before ultimately deciding Duke was the right fit.

"I loved the atmosphere and it's a good school academically," said Chidom, who is regarded as a top 10 national prospect. "I saw myself being there and being part of a team that could potentially win a national championship in the next couple of years."

Duke reached the Elite Eight last season and was recently picked as the preseason favorite to win the ACC title.

The Oakland native said she's more worried about the East Coast weather than being far away from home. Her mom works for an airline, which she says will make visits from her family and going back home easier.

Chidom, a long and athletic post player, is the No. 10 prospect in the 2013 class and the highest-rated senior in California this year by ESPN HoopGurlz.

She's also a member of the under-17 U.S. women's national team that won a gold medal at the FIBA World Championships in August.

"It was probably the best experience of my life," said Chidom, who averaged six points and six rebounds at the eight-game tournament. "I got to play with the best players in the country. It was kind of a warm up for college with the intensity and skill level."


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The Blue Devils also recently received a commitment from Rebecca Greenwell, Chidom's friend and teammate on the national team.

Chidom is the fourth senior on the Bishop O'Dowd girls basketball team to commit to a Division I program. Forward K.C. Waters (Cal), center Breanna Brown (Virginia Tech) and point guard Ariell Bostick (San Diego State) also gave oral commitments in recent months.

Chidom averaged 13 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks last season, helping the Dragons win the Division III state title.