Former Notre Dame forward Eric Katenda has graduated from the university and will look to continue playing college basketball at North Texas. The university made the announcement itself.
It’s been a rough-and-tumble road for Katenda, a native of Paris and former three-star recruit out of Kansas’ Sunrise Christian Academy. In 2011, he suffered an eye injury that left him blind in his left eye, and a multitude of other issues including a recurring knee problem limited him to just 17 games in South Bend. Over that stretch, Katenda averaged just 0.8 points in just over two minutes per game.
But Katenda still appears determined to continue playing basketball and making an impact on the court, thus his decision to head to Denton and play for the Mean Green, of Conference USA. North Texas has gone 30-33 in three years under head coach Tony Benford, and has eight newcomers including Katenda set to join the team next season. Katenda has size at 6-foot-9, 236 pounds and though injuries have hampered him in the past, he’s a hard worker and will up his efforts so that he can become a frontcourt staple for North Texas.
In doing so, he can close out his career with a bang and, hopefully, help North Texas to its first NCAA Tournament since 2010.
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