Martin Geben will take his first official visit this weekend and the Notre Dame men’s basketball staff is excited that the 2014 forward will be taking his first official visit to South Bend. Fortunately for the Irish, so is Geben.
“I’m very excited,” the 6-foot-9, 225-pound Geben said. “I’m really looking forward to the visit.
“I’m looking forward to getting on the campus, meeting the coaching staff and everybody, talking to the players, seeing the facilities, dorms, everything; just the whole visit.”
Geben is a native of Lithuania, but plays for St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Md. In addition to the Irish, he holds offers from Maryland, Virginia, Villanova, Georgia Tech and Miami among others. Notre Dame has been high on his list since offering, so it wasn’t a huge surprise that he decided to visit South Bend first.
“The balance of a great academic school and a great athletic school, playing at a high level of competition and being a prestigious school,” said Geben of what interests him about Notre Dame.
The Irish’s move to the ACC this year is another positive.
“That’s definitely more attractive, that really brings the school up,” Geben said. “It’s not really the geography of it, just the level of competition and being able to compete against the best college athletes in the United States.”
Geben is also scheduled to take a visit to Virginia next week. His parents will be joining him for the trips, in what will be his mother’s first visit to the United States.
“They’re very excited,” said Geben. “I felt like they should come to the visits and they really wanted to see the campuses and just get the experience of Notre Dame and other schools.”
Geben could decide to take other visits, but he’s hoping to make a decision by the early signing period and it could come even before that. The trips will be key to his ultimate decision.
“All of the schools I’m considering will be good academic schools and have good basketball programs,” said Geben. “I think the major thing will be how comfortable I’ll feel with the coaching staff and the players and just an inner gut feeling I guess.”
Geben recently started communicating with Irish head coach Mike Brey after speaking with assistants Rod Balanis and Anthony Solomon in the past.
“He’s a really cool guy,” Geben said of Brey. “I enjoy talking to him. He’s not really pushy. He doesn’t call every day or text every two hours or so. He’s just giving me space and checking in here and there.”