Katenda: One Visit Down, Two More Set

Wake Forest hosted one of their biggest remaining prospects for the class of 2011 this past weekend, bringing in Eric Katenda for an official visit. DeaconSports caught up with Katenda following his visit to Winston-Salem.

Combo forward Eric Katenda made his first official visit this past weekend, taking a trip to Winston-Salem to visit Wake Forest. Katenda, a 6'7 athlete at Sunrise Christian in Kansas, enjoyed his visit to WFU.

"It was real good," Katenda said. "The first day we had a tour of the campus. We walked around and saw things. I attended a class and met with the athletic director, an academic adviser, and other people. I watched a workout and did another tour of the campus, pieces we didn't see before, and hung with some of the guys."

Katenda spent most of his time with two Demon Deacons, Tony Chennault and Travis McKie. "I stayed in the hotel off campus but [Saturday] afternoon I stayed with them and hung out."

While it was his first visit official visit, Katenda was able to get an idea of what he can expect from Wake, providing him a baseline of other visits. "I was really impressed by the coaches, how they treat their players," he said. "I was impressed with the campus overall, all of Wake Forest. I don't want to get excited, it's my first visit. I just know I liked it."

While reports have had Katenda naming Wake Forest as his favorite following the visit, he says that he wants to be cautious in naming a favorite until he visits each school. "Don't get me wrong, I was very excited," he noted. "I'm still excited. I still love the campus and everything about the school but want to see others."

Katenda has two more visits lined up in the coming weeks. "I'm going to Iowa not this weekend but next weekend. After that weekend I'll go to Notre Dame. I don't know if I'll stop at three visits, I could do one more, but we will see." Each of those schools have offered according to Katenda.

While he will have a handful of great options, Katenda has some set factors that will help him make his decision. "Some coaches see me as a 4-5 or a 3-4 or 2-3. I want to know how they are going to use me. I want to talk to the players and see how they feel about the staff. I also am interested in style of play. Academic support is also important and Wake Forest has very good academic advisers to take care [of us] – that will be important."

Katenda elaborated on his style of play and preferences. "I like to play everywhere and be versatile," he said. "I want to post up sometimes, play a little guard outside some when I've got a big guy I can take, things like that. I would like to move around, do everything. I don't want to go just be a center or just play outside."

It is that versatility that has schools such as Wake Forest very interested in earning Katenda's commitment. The forward prospect said that he expects to decide by the end of April.


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