February 23, 2011

Iowa still in the mix for Kansas duo?

With the spring signing period just around the corner, Coach Fran McCaffery and his staff have been combing the country looking at several prospects. Two prospects that they were in on early are Eric Katenda and Gabe Olaseni, a pair of frontcourt players from Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas. Are the Hawkeyes still in the mix for one of both of them?

"Coach McCaffery has been down a couple of times this year to see them," said Sunrise Coach Klye Lindsted. "They are still in the mix for both guys."

With just two scholarships available and one likely to go to the backcourt, it's unlikely that the Hawkeyes could take both players. Both are having standout seasons and they have caught the eye of many of the top programs in the country.

Katenda, who stands 6-foot-9, has been on Coach McCaffery's radar prior to his arrival last spring in Iowa City. Know more as a player who tended to float to towards more of a perimeter game; Katenda has developed a nose for the glass this season.

"When he first got here, he wanted to play the perimeter and his game was a lot softer. Now he has gotten tougher and meaner and he is dunking anything close to the basket and using the drop step a lot. He is really is really doing his thing right now."

Coach Lindsted added that he is rebounding the ball much better as the season has progressed and still possesses a strong perimeter game with the ability to handle the basketball and shoot from three point range.

Katenda's list of schools remains unchanged at this time. He still lists: Iowa, Georgia Tech, Notre Dame, and Wake Forest as his top options.

Olaseni arrived from England this year and was somewhat of an unknown prospect. But, he has quickly caught the eye of college coaches because of his 6-foot-10 frame and nose for the rim. The good news is he keeps improving his overall basketball skills and post up game.

"He is an animal on the glass and he is blocking a ton of shots," Lindsted said. "He is finishing better now and playing better with his back to the basket. He's a real good athlete and is getting a better feel for the game. He still has to work on shooting the ball a little better, but that is coming along."

Coach Lindsted says that he gets at least one or two calls a day from college coaches about Olaseni and that there is a good chance that the Hawkeyes will receive a visit this spring.

The next step in the recruiting process for both Katenda and Olaseni will be to schedule official visits. Sunrise Christian Academy is scheduled to play in a tournament in Tennessee thru March 5th and then Coach Lindsted says he will sit down with both players and begin the process of scheduling visits.

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