Katenda Sets Iowa Visit

Plenty of schools are after Sunrise Christian teammates Gabe Olaseni and Eric Katenda. Get the latest on their recruitment in this update.

If you miss a minute, you can miss a lot during the late signing period in college basketball. The case of Sunrise Christian teammates Gabe Olaseni and Eric Katenda would fall into that category.

On Sunday, Olaseni told me that he planned on visiting Mississippi and then possibly Auburn the week after that. Both of those schools now have left the picture.

"Things happen," Sunrise Coach Kyle Linsted said. "Assistant coaches that are recruiting these guys leave. Players there that look like they might be leaving come back. It's things like that."

Linsted said that Olaseni now is looking at Oklahoma, Memphis and Nebraska, in addition to Iowa, whom he officially visited last week. Iowa is the only one of those schools to have officially offered a scholarship to the 6-foot-10 big man.

Oklahoma is searching for a new head coach after firing Jeff Capel after the season, Capel had offered a scholarship to Olaseni, Linsted said. The coach also expects Memphis and Nebraska to offer his center if he visits those schools.

"I think they just want to get him on campus and get to know him a little better first," Linsted said.

Katenda visited Wake Forest last weekend. Linsted said that his 6-7 combo forward loved the trip.

Linsted didn't know if Katenda would take other visits after Wake, but he decided to take a look at his other two favorites. He'll come to Iowa City next weekend and travel to Notre Dame the following week for officials. A decision will come after that.

"Yeah, it was kind of a change of plans," Linsted said. "He wants to see the other schools even though he had a great time at Wake Forest."

Following his visit to Wake, Katenda told NBE Basketball Report that Wake was his leader. Linsted said that the comment made sense.

"I think that's a high school kid being a high school kid," the coach said. "Of course Wake is his leader. That's the only school he's officially visited.

"I would say Wake, Iowa and Notre Dame are on equal footing. He'll visit them all and we'll go from there."


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