Former Great Oak star basketball forward Lindsay Sherbert was granted a release from her scholarship at the University of California so she can transfer to another school, she confirmed last week.
Sherbert, who made a recruiting visit to Boston College last week, said she plans to visit Gonzaga next weekend.
"This was really a tough decision," said Sherbert, a 6-foot-1 sophomore guard. "My two years at Cal have meant a lot to me, but I've decided to continue my college career elsewhere."
Sherbert, a three-time Southwestern League Most Valuable Player and a McDonald's All-American selection her senior year at Great Oak, had significant drops in minutes and production during her sophomore season with the Bears.
In 2011, she was named to the Pac-10 All-Freshman team after starting 31 of 33 games, averaging 27.2 minutes, 8.1 points and almost five rebounds per game. She also led the team in made 3-pointers (47) and 3-point shooting (34.3 percent).
She took a step back in 2012. She started only 21 of 35 games, averaging 20.4 minutes, 5.2 points and 2.8 rebounds. She made 38 of 113 3's (33.6 percent). Cal finished 25-10, losing to Notre Dame in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.
Sherbert, an intended Media Studies major at Cal, carried a 3.4 GPA. She was a Pac-12 All-Academic team honorable mention in 2012.
"I will miss every single one of my teammates at Cal," said Sherbert. "They were my best friends here. I will truly miss Cal."
Sherbert was a 2010 Parade Magazine third team All-American after averaging 27 points, seven rebounds, three assists and two steals per game, leading the Wolfpack to a 22-6 record, including 10-0 in league. They lost to Fullerton Troy in the CIF Southern Section Division I-AA girls' basketball quarterfinals.
She still holds Great Oak basketball records for career points (2,347), 3-pointers made (256), made free throws (459), as well as single-game records of points (40) and made 3's (7).
Sherbert phoned Great Oak coach Shannon Maurice before making her decision to leave Cal.
"I told Lindsay she had to follow her heart," Maurice said. "She was the one who needed to make the decision."
Sherbert, who will have to sit out a year after transferring, hopes a change will bring out the best in her basketball skills.
"Every player has things they need to improve on," Sherbert said. "Some things for me are my mid-range (shooting) game, being able to handle the ball under pressure, and attack people off the dribble."