Commentary

Angelo Chol tops uncommitted PFs

Originally Published: November 5, 2010
By Joel Francisco | ESPN Recruiting

With the early signing period set to start in less than a week, here's a look at the top uncommitted power forwards.

Chol

Angelo Chol (San Diego, Calif./Herbert Hoover)

Player rank: 64 | Position rank: 11 | Grade: 93 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 210 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
Indiana North Carolina Butler Arizona Alabama
Why they want him: Chol is a hybrid 4-man who can hurt the opposition inside and out. His energy level is contagious and he has a terrific court demeanor. His go-to move is a potent left-handed jump hook and he's a big-time rebounder and shot blocker as well. His face-up game has continued to progress, but he still needs to get more consistent with his jump shot out to the stripe.
Recruiting update: Chol has set his announcement date for Feb. 17. He has already been to Alabama and Kansas and has planned visits to UNC (Jan. 2), Arizona (Jan. 29) and Washington (Feb. 12). There are no leaders at this point and he has kept his recruiting pretty close to the vest. In addition, all the schools mentioned above will lack quality depth at the 4-spot heading into next season.


Pelle

Norvel Pelle (Long Beach, Calif./Price)

Player rank: 71 | Position rank: 14 | Grade: 93 | Stars: 4
Height: 6-9 | Weight: 200 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
St. John's Washington Kansas UCLA UTEP Oregon
Why they want him: If college coaches are looking for the quickest leaper for a player his size, they should look no further than Pelle. He has extremely long arms and a frame that should fill out well at the next level. The strength of his game is his shot blocking ability and his overall timing is impeccable. If he can ever deliver (lacks intensity) at both ends of the floor on a consistent basis, his upside is immense.
Recruiting update: Pelle is scheduled to visit St. John's this weekend and the Red Storm appear to be the heavy favorite according to our sources. Washington, Kansas and UCLA are the next tier of teams that have a shot at Pelle. If a commitment doesn't happen after this weekend, let the speculation begin.


Eric Katenda (Cheshire, Conn./Cheshire Academy)

Player rank: NR | Position rank: 26 | Grade: 91 | Stars: 3
Height: 6-8 | Weight: 210 pounds | Evaluation
Considering:
Notre Dame Michigan Georgetown Wake Forest Iowa Georgia Tech
Why they want him: Katenda is one of those diamond-in-the-rough type prospects who emerge every season. He possesses extreme length, outstanding athleticism, as well as an evolving skill package. He fits that hybrid 4-man description to a tee due to his ability to get to the rim and nail the outside shot. If he can get tougher in the paint area and utilize his physical attributes while posting up, his future is bright.
Recruiting update: Although there have been reports in the past of Katenda deciding during the early signing period, the recent recruitment surrounding him has been very quiet. With no reports of official visits taken in the fall, a commitment may not happen until his season begins. If one school has an advantage it may be Georgetown because his mentor, Joseph Touomou, was a Georgetown guard in the late 90s.

Joel Francisco is a recruiting coordinator for ESPN Recruiting.