Katenda, Olaseni Ready

Sunrise Christian teammates Eric Katenda and Gabe Olaseni will announce their college choices on Tuesday afternoon at the school.

The long recruitment of Sunrise Christian Academy standouts Eric Katenda and Gabe Olaseni will come to an end on Tuesday. The duo will hold a joint press conference at the school to announce their college choices.

They're excited but maybe not as much as their head coach, Kyle Lindsted.

"Praise the Lord," he said. "It's been a wonderful Easter."

The recruiting process can be taxing and it can be compounded when dealing with foreign athletes feeling their way. Katenda comes from France and Olaseni from London.

"I think they're truly happy with their choices," Lindsted said. "I called them (Sunday) and asked what was in their hearts and heads. It was the same as they had been thinking for about the last three or four days.

"There's been very little change during that time."

Katenda will choose between Iowa, Notre Dame and Wake Forest. Those were the only schools he officially visited. They all have offered scholarships.

Olaseni will select from Iowa, Oklahoma and a mystery school he and Lindsted have chosen not to reveal. The Hawkeyes and the mystery school have offered scholarships. The Sooners have not stepped up with an offer.

"I don't know what to anticipate there," Lindsted of an Oklahoma offer.

Olaseni visited the mystery school unofficially during the weekend.

"I think we're going to keep it anonymous for everybody's sake," Lindsted said.

Lindsted said that he anticipates both players being academically eligible for the fall semester at a four-year college.

"They're not cleared through the clearinghouse, but we have good reason to believe that it won't be an issue," Lindsted said. "We've had a lot of experience with international students. The lady here that handles that is very good."

Katenda has played basketball in the United State for three years. Olaseni spent his first season in America this winter and only has been involved in organized basketball for less than four years.

"Gabe is just a pup," Lindsted said. "He has all the tools to really be outstanding. He's going to get way, way better."


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