NOTRE DAME ADDS RECRUIT ERIC KATENDA & TRANSFER GARRICK SHERMAN
After narrowing his list to Notre Dame and Wake Forest, 2011 forward Eric Katenda made his college decision Tuesday and the native of France is headed to the BIG EAST, per sources with knowledge of the recruitment.
Notre Dame will gain the services of the 6-foot-8, 210 pound athletic forward next season. Katenda, who most recently has attended Sunrise Academy in Kansas, made an official visit to South Bend last weekend and the visit made a lasting impression.
“Notre Dame really impressed me,” Katenda told NBE’s Matt Whitfield following the visit. “First of all they have a beautiful campus and beautiful facilities and a great coaching staff. And going on the visit gave me a chance to know more about the campus and ask a couple of questions, so I learned a lot from my visit.”
Katenda missed most of last summer’s AAU action after having his appendix removed and getting tendonitis in his knees. While being forced to sit out most of the key summer circuit, Katenda fell off the recruiting radar of many schools, leading him to become one of the more sought-after spring recruiting targets because of his high ceiling as a player.
Before the appendicitis and tendonitis sidelined him, NBE got a look at why college coaches are intrigued by his potential when he was participating in the Nike EYBL with the City Rocks AAU program last spring. Katenda showed to be a long and lanky forward who can run the floor and finish in transition. Katenda demonstrated the ability to drive to the rim and showed a nice pump-fake from the perimeter.
One of the top prep seniors still unsigned, Katenda averaged 15.5 points, 7.2 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 assists for Sunrise Christian last season.
Besides the Irish and Wake Forest, Iowa was also heavily involved with Katenda and Texas was making contact late in the process. At Notre Dame he joins a recruiting class that also contains Patrick Connaughton, a 6-foot-5 wing from St. John’s Prep in Danvers (MA).
It was also announced last night that Michigan State transfer Garrick Sherman will enroll atNotre Dame. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound Sherman averaged 3.1 points and 2.6 rebounds in 12.1 minutes a game last season for Tom Izzo’s Spartans. Sherman will sit out the 2011-2012 season and have two more seasons of eligibility left.
Sherman will look to continue a run of successful transfers in Mike Brey’s program in South Bend, joining past success stories such as Ryan Humphrey, Dan Miller, Scott Martin and Ben Hansbrough, the 2010-2011 BIG EAST Player of the Year. Sherman also visited Texas before making his decision.