April 11, 2011

Katenda enjoys Iowa visit

Coach Fran McCaffery has been aware of 2011 power forward prospect Eric Katenda for several years. When the 6-foot-9 prospect arrived on the Iowa campus this past weekend there were no surprises involved for either party, only a level of comfort.

Katenda has grown weary of the whole recruiting process, so his coach at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas, Kyle Lindsted did the talking following his visit to Iowa City.

"He enjoyed the visit," Lindsted said Sunday evening. "It was a good trip for him and he felt comfortable with everyone. He has a great relationship with Coach Fran and they have been recruiting him for a long time. He basically told me how much he liked the coaching staff."

The Iowa visit follows a trip to Wake Forest that he made a few weeks ago. Next up is his final visit to Notre Dame and then Coach Lindsted says he hopes to make a decision sooner rather than later. Right now after two visits, Katenda has told his coach that all three schools are on equal footing.

"I sense that they are all three still very equal. When he has come back from both visits, he hasn't said anything negative about the visit. I think he is just taking in all the information, getting to know people, and figuring out how he feels about the schools."

All three schools offer something different, but on the surface, Iowa and Wake Forest are in the building mode, while Notre Dame is coming off another trip to the NCAA Tournament. Will that stability and success be a factor?

"I don't think it's a big factor. Eric really hasn't talk about that much," he said. "I think he is the type of player that could go into Wake Forest or Iowa and be an impact player right away. Notre Dame is losing a few kids, but they have depth too. I think some people would say a rebuild situation is a minus, but you would get time and you can rise with the program. He knows that and he knows it could change quickly. More importantly, he is not afraid of it."

Katenda's teammate at Sunrise Christian, Gabe Olaseni, recently made an official visit to Iowa and has expressed the desire to do a little comparison shopping with another school. According to Coach Lindsted, he might have found a second visit location in Oklahoma.

"He's had interest in Oklahoma and this past week Coach Kruger and his staff came in to watch him workout. They liked what they saw from Gabe and there is the potential for a visit there, perhaps as early as this coming weekend."

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