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NCAA coaches come to see Gaels' Geben

April 27, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • Goretti's Martin Geben is on the radar of a number of NCAA Division I schools as he enters his senior year.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — NCAA basketball coaches have a pin on the map with Hagerstown as a player in the recruiting process.

The focus is on St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben, who along with fellow junior Obi Enechionyia, of Saint James, could give Washington County a pair of major Division I signees this year.

The NCAA currently is in a recruiting period which allows coaches face-to-face visits at school locations with prospective players.

Goretti has become a stop on the road. Earlier this week, Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon paid Geben a visit, along with Temple head coach Fran Dunphy. On Wednesday, Notre Dame assistant coach Anthony Solomon was in town to visit Geben after Irish head coach Mike Bray saw him play last weekend with his Team Takeover in Los Angeles.

It was Turgeon’s first up-close and personal look at Geben, but coaches are generally required to remain mum during this time on individual players.

“We had a little longer season so I missed about a week, so I’m out every day right now if I can,” Turgeon said.

Turgeon said the Terps have four scholarships to fill for 2014 following the departure of Alex Len, who declared for the NBA draft. One of the four spots has already been claimed by 6-foot-3 guard Romelo Trimble of Bishop O’Connell (Va.), who is committed but not yet signed.

Turgeon said the present time is also an opportunity to look at potential players for 2015.

He had three visits to make Tuesday as he continued to wrap things up before heading into the NCAA’s quiet period from April 25 to July 5.

“Three of the last four weeks it’s been in and out of the office,” said Solomon.

New Loyola (Md.) head coach G.G. Smith, who took over for Jimmy Patsos, also made a stop at Goretti on Wednesday. Smith is the son of longtime coach Tubby Smith, who is at Texas Tech.

Goretti boys basketball coach Amrit Rayfield was not only busy during the playing season with the basketball team on the floor, but also fielding phone calls and accepting coaches’ visits during the season.

To date, there are about 15 offers on the table for Geben, and a similar number for Enechionyia.

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