In the summer of 2011 Eric Katenda, who was a highly regarded prospect out of high school, suffered an eye injury that left him blind in his left eye. Due to various health issues, which included a nagging knee injury, Katenda played in a total of 17 games in South Bend. While there was the negative of not playing all that much, there was the positive of Katenda earning his bachelor’s degree.
That allows him to play immediately at any Division I school, and Friday the North Texas basketball program announced that Katenda has officially joined the program. While injuries have been an issue for Katenda throughout his career, hopefully the 2015-16 campaign can be a healthy one for him.
“I have so much respect for Eric,” Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey is quoted as saying of his former player in the release. “He battled so many physical setbacks but never felt sorry for himself. He is healthy now and will really help the North Texas team.”
Katenda joins a program that won’t lack for newcomers next season, as he’s one of eight players joining Tony Benford’s program who were not in Denton a season ago. The 6-foot-9 power forward will have one season of eligibility remaining.