March 16, 2011

Olaseni sets up official to Iowa

After winning the NACA Division 1A National Championship earlier this month, the Sunrise Christian Academy duo of Gabe Olaseni and Eric Katenda are now in the process of setting up official visits to college programs this spring.

"We won the national championship at the NACA tournament earlier this month and we are really proud of that accomplishment," said Sunrise Christian Head Coach Kyle Lindsted. "Gabe was named most outstanding defensive player in the tournament and Eric was named most outstanding player of the tournament."

Now the next step is underway as the two star players are sorting through their scholarship opportunities and setting up official visits. One will be visiting Iowa later this month and the other may still visit Iowa.

"We have been talking with Coach McCaffery and Coach Francis and Gabe will be visiting Iowa starting on March 25th. That is our last weekend of spring break, so it works well in our school schedule."

Iowa was the first school to offer the 6-foot-10 big man this fall and that has certainly helped the Hawkeyes cause in his recruitment.

"He is really excited about the Iowa visit," he said. "They were the first to offer him and they have been very loyal to him throughout the process and stayed in close contact with him."

Lindsted says that after the Iowa visit, Olaseni may visit Ole Miss and Auburn. Both Southeastern Conference schools have offered scholarships. Oklahoma was also very involved with Olaseni, but fired their head coach earlier this week and they have been eliminated from consideration.

Meanwhile, Katenda, a 6-foot-9 wing forward that Coach McCaffery has been involved with since his days at Siena, will start with visits to Wake Forest and Notre Dame. Katenda flirted with the idea of expanding his list of schools beyond his long standing four schools that also included Iowa and Georgia Tech. Now that list is down to three after the coaching change at Georgia Tech.

"Georgia Tech is out now due to the coaching change," he said. "He wants to visit Wake and Notre Dame first and then see where things sit with Iowa and a possible visit. It's not that he has lost interest in Iowa. He just wants to see those other two schools first and go from there."

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