Cats visiting Joseph Katuka

With most 2007 big men committed or signed, Joseph Katuka has become a wanted man. The 6-foot-10, 220-pound PF took three official visits prior to the early signing period, now he's looking to take two more.

Its crunch time as the spring signing period is rapidly approaching and the high-majors are looking to get involved with Joseph Katuka. After taking official visits to Auburn, SMU and St. Joseph's, the big guy decided to take his time and see who else wanted to get involved.

Recently Montverde (FL) Academy Coach Kevin Sutton has fielded calls from Illinois, Oklahoma and Kentucky. The Wildcats, who will lose the majority of their post players to graduation and likely Randolph Morris to the NBA, have immediate playing time available and are giving Katuka a major look.

"Reggie Hansen has been down here twice, once to a practice and once to a game," Sutton said of Kentucky. "I would venture to say that they are serious."

While the Wildcats seem to be showing a considerable amount of interest they've yet to offer him a scholarship.

"SMU, Auburn and St. Joseph's offered a scholarship. Kentucky has not offered yet. Rutgers has offered him a scholarship. Illinois and Oklahoma have come down to watch a practice but they haven't officially offered a scholarship."

According to Sutton, Katuka isn't in a hurry to make a decision and he would like to take two more official visits before he decides where he'll attend school.

An above average athlete with a giant wingspan, Katuka is an inside presence that runs the floor, rebounds and is capable of knocking down mid-range jumpers.

"Joseph is a relentless rebounder. He rebounds the balls that come in his space and he rebounds the balls that come in your space. He's left-handed long and is a kid that just plays extremely hard."

"His best basketball is ahead of him," Coach Sutton continued. "He's going to be a high-major player and is going to be a very good college player because he's tough and hard nosed. He has a good range out to 15 feet and he can rebound. He plays defensive very well too."


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