Eric Katenda, a power forward recruit for the 2011 class, has suffered a freak accident that may end his Notre Dame basketball career before it even starts. He was blinded in one eye in a pick up basketball game and as of now it cannot be repaired.
Eric was taking summer classes in Washington DC in order to be cleared by the NCAA. He was going up for a rebound when a finger severed his optic nerve in his left eye. He knew it was bad when it happened.
“I knew it was bad when it happened. It was just a freak accident.”
Here’s what Eric had to say on his current state:
Right now, I have no vision in my eye,” Katenda said. “The doctors have told me that they can’t do anything to fix that.
Despite all this, he is still believing he will play for the Irish.
“I’m going to be at Notre Dame and I’m going to play again,” Eric told the South Bend Tribune. “I’m going to play again. I have no doubts. I’m not worrying about anything.”
As for Coach Mike Brey, the news saddened him extremely.
“I don’t know if I’ve been more depressed, handling Eric and talking to him through this. He’s been unbelievable. His frame of mind has picked me up a couple times on the phone.”
This news is a huge blow for the Fighting Irish. Eric was the 27th ranked power forward in the 2011 class and was expected to perform well. SlapTheSign would like to extend our thoughts and prayers out to Eric Katenda and his family as they continue to believe Eric will play for Notre Dame despite no cure in sight for his damaged eye.