The Duke Blue Devils picked up commitments from 2013 top recruits Oderah Chidom, a 6-3 forward from Bishop O'Dowd High School and Rebecca Greenwell, a 6-1 guard from Owensboro Catholic High School. Landing these two will give Duke one of the top recruiting classes of the year.
Duke women’s basketball coach Joanne P. McCallie thought she was getting bad news when top recruit Rebecca Greenwell called her on Oct. 11. The 6-1 shooting guard,rated as fourth best player in the class of 2013 by the Collegiate Girls Basketball Report, had just been on campus for an official visit the weekend before, taking in a football game and getting a run at Cameron Indoor Stadium.
“Coach I’ve got some bad news for you,” said Greenwell, then came a long painful pause ... “You’re going to have to put up with me for four years,” finished Greenwell with a laugh.
Greenwell picked the Blue Devils over Notre Dame, and had previously considered Kentucky, Louisville, Vanderbilt and Tennessee. “I was having a hard time deciding between Duke and Notre Dame,” said Greenwell. “But after my last visit I really felt comfortable with the coaching staff and the team. We played pickup in Cameron Indoor and after that I was like, ‘This is the place for me’. I can’t wait to play there when it’s packed.”
On Oct. 21, McCallie got more good news when Bishop O’Dowd star Oderah Chidom also committed to the Blue Devils. Chidom, a top 10 recruit, was on campus for an official visit on Saturday and the 6-3 forward had also made official visits in the last month to UCLA, California and Washington. But by the end of her flight from Durham to Oakland, she had settled on the Blue Devils.
“She was so excited,” said George Quintero, Chidom’s AAU coach with the Cal Storm who received a call as soon as she touched down. “Oderah is such a special player, she’s not looking for comfort, but wanted to go to a school where she could become the best player she could be. She is really looking forward to the level of competition in the ACC, playing schools like Maryland and North Carolina and Florida State.”
Last season Chidom averaged 12 points, nine rebounds and three blocks a game en route to a 30-3 record and a California Division III state championship for Bishop O’Dowd. (The Dragons are expected to be in the top ten in the nation when the preseason high school rankings come out in November.)
She also is very familiar with Greenwell as the two won gold together together this summer as teammates on U17 World Championship team.
Earlier this year, Duke received a commitment from Kianna Holland, a top 25 point guard out of Seneca, South Carolina making the 2013 recruiting class one of the best in Blue Devil history.
In addition, since committing on Sunday, Oderah and Greenwell have been strategizing about how they can attract Chidom’s AAU teammate Kendall Cooper to the Blue Devils. Cooper, a 6-3 center, is a top 50 recruit who plays for St.Anthony’s High School in Carlsbad CA. Cooper has one official visit remaining next weekend to Arizona State and has already taken official visits to Duke, Texas A&M, UCLA and Tennessee. Quintero says Duke and Texas A&M are the current front-runners.
If the Blue Devils were able to land Cooper, they would have a recruiting class that rivals the 2013 “fab four” headed to North Carolina: Diamond DeShields, Jessica Washington, Stephanie Mavunga and Allisha Gray.
It’s fair to say McCallie isn't getting many disappointing phone calls.