Katenda Excited About Iowa Visit

The Iowa men's basketball coaches will have a big man on campus starting Thursday night when Sunrise Christian F Eric Katenda arrives in Iowa City. His recruitment and that of his teammate, Gabe Olaseni, who also holds a Hawkeye offer, is nearing the end.

Eric Katenda will board a plane tonight from Kansas to Iowa City. The Hawkeye basketball coaches will welcome him and put forth their best sales pitch. He's the kind of recruit that could change the program.

"He's really excited," said Kyle Lindsted, who coached Katenda at Sunrise Christian. "He's really excited to evaluate one school against another. This is his first opportunity to do that."

Katenda visited Wake Forest two weeks ago and has scheduled a trip to Notre Dame next weekend. He's expected to pick between the three schools.

"He certainly has the opportunity to take more visits after that," Lindsted said. "I've got coaches calling all the time asking if they can visit after these three are done. You never say never, but I don't anticipate any more visits after these.

"I think he's going to take these three and we'll make a decision from there."

Katenda is one of the top players left available in the 2011 Class. He is prep teammates with Gabe Olaseni, who visited Iowa two weeks ago.

"We're just coming off a dead period, so things kind of slowed down for Gabe," Lindsted said. "Some of the schools hired new staffs or new members of their staffs. They called and will be coming in and evaluating our workouts. I think Gabe is going to be taking more visits shortly."

Lindsted said that Iowa, Memphis, Oklahoma and Auburn still are in the picture for Olaseni. The Sooners have a new coach in Lon Kruger.

"We've talked to Lon and he said he's very interested in Gabe," Lindsted said. "He's going to come up to one of our workouts and take a look at Gabe."

Cedar Rapids Washington point guard, Wes Washpun, who received a Hawkeye scholarship offer on Tuesday is expected to unofficially visit Iowa today. He says he'll make his college choice by the time the late signing period tips off on Wednesday.

"We're going to try to wrap things up as quickly as possible, too," Lindsted said of Olaseni and Katenda. "I think the guys are ready to figure out where they're going to play college basketball."

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