The first official college visit was a special one for Lindsay Sherbert.
The 6-foot forward spent a mid-September weekend in Berkeley, Calif., visiting with the California program. But she told herself at the beginning of the recruiting process that she was going to take all five of her visits and not make any hasty decisions.
"California just stuck in my mind," Sherbert said. "All my other visits were compared to the Cal visit. It was exciting up there; it had a different feel."
It was that feel and excitement that stuck with Sherbert and had her making a handful of phone calls Wednesday, including a call to California coach Joanne Boyle, who answered during a practice.
"I'm really excited about committing to Berkeley," Sherbert said. "I still have my high school season and my senior year. I don't want to look over those, but I'm definitely looking forward to going to Berkeley."
With her verbal, Sherbert, from Temecula, Calif., joins two other 2010 commitments from the Golden State headed to Berkeley. Afure Jemerigbe, a 5- 11 guard from Stockton, Calif., and the No. 15 player in the class, made her decision in August, while Mikayla Lyles, a 5-8 guard from Pleasanton, Calif., and one of the top shooters of the summer, called Boyle two weeks ago with her choice.
Sherbert spent her final summer of club basketball playing with the Cal Swish program, which won three July tournament titles, including Nike Nationals, the Nike circuit's crown-jewel tournament. She is a consistent shooter with a game that is solid in nearly every aspect, a bonus for a player who spends time at the wing but also battles smaller post players.
"It's a relief to have this process done," Sherbert said. "I know going there I'm going to have to work hard up there and I'm excited. (Boyle) thinks I can be an impact player right away."
The Great Oak High School senior also was the mind behind the Cal Swish documentary that the girls filmed during July. They recently wrapped up editing the hour-long piece and distributed a copy to each teammate to memorialize their final summer together. Nine of the 10 Swish players are members of the 2010 class.
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Mindi Rice is an ESPN HoopGurlz staff writer. She previously was an award-winning sportswriter at the Tacoma News Tribune and a barista at Starbucks, and grew up in Seattle, where she attended Roosevelt High School before graduating from the University of Oregon with a degree in journalism. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.