Comfort was always going to be a huge factor in Martin Geben’s decision and the 2014 Maryland forward found a fit when he visited Notre Dame two weekends ago, which led to him verbally committing to the Irish basketball program on Friday.
“I just felt really comfortable with Notre Dame,” the 6-foot-9, 225-pound Lithuania native said.
“I really enjoyed the tour and liked the whole campus. I felt really comfortable with the players and the coaching staff. I just didn’t feel like waiting anymore and didn’t want to look into any other schools.”
But in reality, Notre Dame head coach Mike Brey and his staff did a great job establishing that sense of comfort well before Geben ever made it to South Bend.
“I was pretty comfortable talking to the coaches from the very beginning, like texting and calls and all of that,” said Geben. “When I went out there, I was really comfortable, really enjoyed everything and liked the whole Notre Dame feeling.”
So he made the decision to choose the Irish over offers from schools like Virginia, Maryland, Villanova, Georgia Tech and Miami among several others.
“Coach Brey was pretty excited about it,” said Geben.
And Geben was excited too and definitely relieved.
“It feels like a huge weight has been lifted off my shoulders,” he said. “It’s my senior year and I want to focus on the academics and finishing strong with the basketball season. I don’t want to have another thing in the back of my head bugging me.”
Notre Dame’s offensive system also appealed to Geben.
“I really like their style of play and how they don’t have a set 5 and 4, they just have two big guys who can step out and shoot if needed,” he said. “There’s a lot of freedom on the court.”
He believes he’ll be able to help the Irish.
“I think I’ll bring energy to the court,” Geben said. “I think I’m a pretty high IQ basketball player and I just have a good feel for the game. I’m a good rebounder; I can score when needed and stretch out defenses, just a lot of different things.”
Geben’s parents flew over from Lithuania for the trip to Notre Dame and left impressed.
“They really liked the school, they especially liked the academic part of Notre Dame,” said Geben. “They really enjoyed the visit and the whole stay in the United States.”
Geben was excited to bring his recruiting process to an end and it will be officially over when he signs his National Letter of Intent with Notre Dame, which he intends to do during the Early Signing Period from Nov. 13rd-19th.