It was a pretty good senior season for Eric Katenda. In fact, it was the kind of season that draws attention from high major programs across the country. However, he started the year with a solid list of Notre Dame, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Iowa and those four remain.
A 6-foot-8 power forward at Bel Aire (Kan.) Sunrise Christian, Katenda ended his season by earning Most Outstanding Player honors while leading his team to a division 1A NACA national championship last week. Now, he'll move on to taking some visits.
"He's going to visit Notre Dame and Wake Forest," said Katenda's coach at Sunrise Kyle Lindsted. "Wake Forest is tentatively set for like the 25th or 26th this month. Because Notre Dame is probably going to go a long way it will probably be more like mid April. If he decides to visit Georgia Tech or Iowa we'll set those up."
Long, slender, athletic and skilled, Katenda is cut out of the mold of the new age combo forward. He runs the floor, can play facing the hoop and has grown to like playing on the block after some prodding from his coach.
"At first he was really reluctant to go into the post, he wanted to play a perimeter game," Lindsted told Rivals.com. "I think he liked his situation and he saw that he saw he was unstoppable down there in high school."
"He still shot two or three threes a game, but for our sake he went into the low and high post and we used him as a point guard in the post."
A high character kid with an outgoing personality and great attitude, Katenda has also turned into a hard worker. In addition to an improved low post game he's bulked up his shooting and rebounding. Now, he just needs to bulk up himself.
"I just think he needs to gain weight," said Lindsted. "To get on that block he needs to gain 20 pounds of muscle. He's not weak. He's solid in the weight room, he knows what he's doing. He's just so long and slender naturally that it's going to take a lot of protein shakes over time."
With his finalists set, all that is left for Katenda is to make his visits and pick a winner.
"I really think that he wants to play, like most kids," said Lindsted of the factors upon which Katenda will base his decision. "He wants to go somewhere that he's got a feeling that he will be a big part of what's happening."