I spoke with Berkeley High’s basketball player Chairese Culberson this evening and she confirmed that she has orally committed to San Diego State. Culberson is the third Yellowjacket senior to commit to a Division I school. Guard Brittany Boyd is headed to Cal and Khristina Hunter, a transfer from Rodriguez-Fairfield, also committed to SDSU. Here’s what I wrote for tomorrow’s paper:
Berkeley High standout girls basketball player Chairese Culberson has given an oral commitment to play for San Diego State.
Culberson, ranked as one of the nation’s top 50 recruits in the 2011 class by ESPN Hoopgurlz, said she called Aztecs head coach Beth Burns with her decision on Wednesday night.
“The beach, the weather, I love the coach. It didn’t hurt that (AAU and Berkeley High teammate) Khristina (Hunter) was going there,” Culberson said. “Even on my worst day, I’d be happy in the SDSU environement.”
At 6-feet, Culberson is a post player for Berkeley, but said San Diego State will use her in both forward spots and as a shooting guard. She said she honed her guard skills while rehabbing the anterior cruciate ligament tear she suffered in February. The injury sidelined her for Berkeley’s postseason run that ended in the Northern California Division I title game.
Culberson said she picked the Aztecs over Washington and UC Santa Barbara.
San Diego State is the defending Mountain West Conference tournament champion and reached the Sweet 16 in last season’s NCAA Tournament.