Katenda a Demon Deacon Priority

Eric Katenda is arguably the best 2011 forward left on the board and Wake Forest has made him a priority. DeaconSports caught up with Katenda to get an update on his recruitment as well as a recap of his terrific senior season.

Eric Katenda and his teammates at Sunrise Christian Academy just wrapped up a highly successful season. They finished with a 24-4 record, in large part due to the outstanding play of Katenda who averaged over 20 points per game.

"The season went really good," said Katenda. "We started off a bit slow. It just took awhile for us to get to know each other. We had a few injuries and lacked depth toward the end of the season but overall it was a good year."

Katenda had to overcome adversity going into his senior year but ended his season with a bang.

"When I had my appendix taken out last summer, I lost over 30 pounds while I was recovering. The first part of this season I was really getting my legs back as well as my conditioning. As the season went on, I was able to play like I am used to playing. It was hard sitting out last summer but overall it made me a better person."

Katenda was able to improve his game this season at Sunrise and has added even more moves to his arsenal.

"Now I feel more comfortable down low. Before this season I settled for a lot of jump shots but now I am comfortable going to the rim and taking contact. I also feel I am stronger with the ball."

Katenda will have no shortage of college options to chose from, but as of now he is focusing on four schools.

"I am really looking at Wake Forest, Notre Dame, Iowa, and Georgia Tech. These schools have recruited me for a long time and I have a good relationship with the coaches."

When asked if any schools from his list stick out, Katenda responded, "Notre Dame and Wake."

Katenda has been recruited by Coach Bzdelik and his staff for a while now and has a genuine interest in the Demon Deacon program.

"Actually, Wake Forest was one of the only colleges I knew about before I came to America. When I got here and they started recruiting me it was kind of cool. I have a really good relationship with Coach Bzdelik and his staff and Wake may be a very good fit for me."

Katenda is aware of the struggles the Demon Deacons have had this season, but claims that will not play a factor in his decision.

"It's college basketball. A team could have a bad season on year and make the Final 4 the next. I know Coach Bzdelik knows what he is doing and will get it turned around."

Katenda patterns his game after Carmelo Anthony and is intrigued by the opportunity to play for his former coach.

"I know coach Bzdelik coached Carmelo in the pros. He knows how he works out and what it has taken for Carmelo to become the player he is today."

Katenda claims he has no timeframe for a decision and will make a commitment when he "finds the right fit." He also has no visits set in stone at this point, but plans on visiting Wake Forest in the near future.

With the skill set and versatility Katenda possesses, he would be a fantastic addition to Wake's 2011 class. Katenda would have the opportunity to come in and compete for a starting position right away and be a real impact freshman at Wake Forest.

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