May 4, 2010

2011 prospect hearing from McCaffery

The first time that Coach Fran McCaffery saw Eric Katenda play, he knew that he was the type of player he wanted in his program. That was back when McCaffery was leading the Siena program and one of his first orders of business when he made the move to Iowa was to extend that offer from the Hawkeye program he now leads.

"Coach McCaffery actually called me on Sunday to tell me again how much he wants me in his program," Katenda said. "He made sure to let me know that even though he is now at Iowa, he hasn't forgotten about me."

Katenda said that McCaffery has been recruiting him for more than a year after seeing him play for the Albany City Rocks AAU team. Since they practiced in Albany, Coach McCaffery visited with Katenda, who actually plays high school basketball in Cheshire Academy in Connecticut, and extended the scholarship offer at that point. Now the rising 2011 prospect is starting to learn more about McCaffery's new home at the University of Iowa.

"I know that they are in the Big Ten and that is a good conference. I don't know much about the school so far, but I look up some stuff on the internet to see what the campus was like."

One thing is for certain, Katenda's stock is on the rise. This past Sunday he made an unofficial visit to Georgetown. He has also been hearing from a host of high D1 programs around the country, including Connecticut, Michigan, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, Xavier, St. Johns, and West Virginia.

Right now, recruiting is really taking a back seat in his mind and he isn't focused on making more visits and trying to decide on a college to attend.

"I am really trying not to think about recruiting right now. I'm focused on my school work and basketball," he said.

The basketball side of his life is taking a larger focus right now with workouts to improve his skills and most importantly, add bulk to his 210 pound frame.

"I am trying to work on every aspect of my game. I am really focused on my body and getting stronger. I've been doing five lifting sessions a week. In the morning I work on my ball handling and my shooting. I try to get a couple of hundred shots up a day."

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