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Goretti senior Geben verbally commits to Notre Dame

September 06, 2013|By TIM KOELBLE | koelble@herald-mail.com
  • St. Maria Goretti senior Martin Geben, who was The Herald-Mail's 2012-13 Washington County Boys Basketball Player of the Year, verbally committed to Notre Dame on Friday afternoon.
By Ric Dugan/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — What a summer it has been for St. Maria Goretti’s Martin Geben.

Geben, now in his senior year, spent part of the summer playing basketball for Team Takeover, based in Washington, D.C., before participating in the world games for Lithuania, his native country.

Then it was time for Geben to begin his visits to colleges, those that have been trying to secure his services beginning in the 2014-15 season.

Finally, on Friday afternoon, Geben made his choice to study and play basketball at the University of Notre Dame.

Geben visited Notre Dame last weekend — along with his parents — and came away pleased.

“I really liked the visit. I like the coaching staff and got to play with the guys,” Geben said. “I don’t know if I really dreamed of being at a school like Notre Dame. Maybe I had hoped.”

Geben was going to visit the University of Virginia this weekend, but that was canceled.

“I really didn’t feel like waiting any longer,” Geben said.

Geben came to the United States standing 6-foot-7 and weighing around 190 pounds. When his junior season at Goretti started, he was 6-9 and around 240 solid pounds. The schools began to take notice and the letters and phone calls through coach Amrit Rayfield began.

“When Martin came here, we could see the signs he had tools for the game,” Rayfield said. We didn’t doubt he would be a college player, it was just a matter of at what level.”

Geben averaged 17 points and 12 rebounds per game for the Gaels as a junior in 2012-13.

“He has worked extremely hard on the floor and in the classroom,” Rayfield said.

With Notre Dame losing two significant players after the 2013-14 season to graduation, the door will be open for Geben to get playing time, either off the bench or as a starter.

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