Martin Geben used his first official visit to check out Notre Dame this past weekend and the 2014 Maryland forward by way of Lithuania left South Bend feeling very good about the Irish’s basketball program.
“Everything went well,” the 6-foot-9, 225-pound forward from St. Maria Goretti High School said. “I really enjoyed the visit.
“We got to see all of the basketball facilities. We got to see some classrooms and some labs for engineering. We got to see the Basilica and some other administration buildings.”
Geben’s parents made the trip over from Lithuania to make the visit with him.
“They really liked the whole visit as well,” he said.
His parents will join him on his second final visit this weekend to Virginia. Geben isn’t planning an immediate decision after this weekend’s trip, but one is on the horizon.
“I’m not sure,” he said. “I’m probably not going to decide right after the visit. I’m probably going to take a week or two or maybe even longer.”
Geben also had offers from Maryland, Villanova, Georgia Tech and Miami among others, but the Irish and the Cavaliers were able to make their way to the top of his list.
“Great basketball programs, a great conference they play in and of course, great academics,” Geben said of why the two programs are his finalists.
He had the chance to learn more about the educational aspect of Notre Dame during the trip.
“I was really impressed with the whole view of academics and how everybody there takes academics and the power of the Notre Dame degree afterward,” he said.
Geben stood near the student section during Notre Dame’s season-opening football game and called the experience “crazy.”
He was impressed with the campus.
“It was a traditional campus,” he said. “It was really spread out with a lot of green. It was pretty good. I liked it.”
And he also liked the Irish basketball facilities.
“Everything was really good,” Geben said. “All of the facilities, everything was good. No complaints.”
Perhaps most importantly, Geben had the chance to spend time with Mike Brey’s coaching staff and some of the Irish players and came away with a good feeling.
“The coaches were really cool, just genuine people and I felt very comfortable with them,” he said. “We scrimmaged on Friday and Saturday. I felt pretty comfortable with them on the court playing with them.”