Montverde Big Man Updates

Two of the biggest prospects – literally – reside in Florida at Montverde Academy. Coach Kevin Sutton says one of his guys is on the verge of a decision and another is seeing his recruiting interest pick up.

Kevin Sutton knows how to get them better, get the coaches in the gym and put players in college. Montverde Academy, located outside of Orlando, is home to a pair of prospects who tower over others in their class.

Solomon Alabi, a 7-foot-1 center and 6-10 Joseph Katuka, are going to sign with high-profile programs this fall. Alabi,'s No. 42 prospect and one of the most improved players on the national scene, could decide this week. He's down to Arizona, Florida State and Virginia.

"Solomon has completed all his visits and he's in the process of making a decision," Sutton said. "He's making a decision this week and we'll be contacting the three schools."

Sutton couldn't be more pleased with the strides his big fella has made or the choices he has. "He's being recruited by schools at the highest level who have consistently been very good. Two programs are on the move and one has won the national championship."

Katuka Returns From Injury
Katuka's situation is developing after being slowed down by an injury. "Last spring, and this is what people don't realize, statistically Joseph had a better year than Solomon," Sutton said. "He's a relentless rebounder and he runs the floor well. He'll finish around the basket.

"Last May in a spring league game he went in for a dunk a kid hit him in the right leg and he landed on the ground with all his weight on his left knee; his kneecap slid out of place. The MRI didn't show anything but the swelling wouldn't go down and we found floating cartilage. We had to get it cleaned up in late August and he's coming back."

Katuka has been to St. Joseph's on an unofficial visit and SMU gets to host him the second weekend in October. According to Sutton, North Carolina State and Virginia could receive October visits as well.

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