It has been quite a month for St. Maria Goretti (Hagerstown, Md.) power forward Martin Geben. Less than two weeks ago, the 6-foot-6, 220-pound Lithuanian native stood on a podium at the FIBA Under-19 world championships in Prague, with a bronze medal around his neck.
"It was a great experience. It is just a really good feeling to represent your country and get the chance to win a medal; it is a huge honor, " Geben said. " I will definitely not forget the final buzzer at the bronze medal games, definitely not that. It was really cool."
However, Geben did not get too much time to celebrate his big accomplishment.
"The world championship was over on July 7th and on the 8th we came back to Lithuania. I flew out early in the morning on the 9th to get back to the United States," Geben said. "I got to see my parents for a half of a day maybe, and then I had to come back."
The four-star prospect had a good reason to come back…more hoops. He joined his AAU team, Team Takeover, at the EYBL Peach Jam Tournament in Augusta, S.C.
"I performed better than I expected myself to, it actually went well" said Geben, who averaged 8.4 points and 5.4 rebounds at the event. "I thought I was going to be super tired but I played better than I expected so it was definitely worth it."
Geben's physical and mental toughness are exactly why he has over 15 colleges on his extensive offer list.
"I really haven't narrowed my list down any more. Maryland, Virginia, Villanova, and Notre Dame are the five biggest schools that are recruiting me," Geben said. "I haven't eliminated anyone though, I will probably think about narrowing my list down before my basketball season."
Maryland had one great Lithuanian basketball player, three-point specialist, Sarunas Jasikevicius, a name Geben is more than familiar with.
"He is a super star in Lithuania, everybody knows him, " Geben said. "I have never met him but the coaches have mentioned him a couple times."
Geben has not been out to Maryland, since the Terps' final home game against North Carolina, but another trip could be in the future.
"I might go for a visit before I go to Lithuania again on Aug 3," Geben said. "But I will do most of my visits this fall when I get back for the school year."
If Geben is planning to visit, he won't have much time to get to College Park. Geben and Team Takeover will be playing in Las Vegas for another AAU Tournament next weekend, where he will get to spend some quality time with his AAU teammate and Maryland commit Dion Wiley.
"I know they have a strong recruiting class when it comes to guards, but I know they are still looking for a big man," Geben said. "They are just telling me I could really help their program be successful and play solid minutes, showcase myself to everyone. Just be around good players and compete against good teams."
"We have a pretty good relationship. They are recruiting me pretty hard, but with out being super obnoxious, not calling and texting me every minute," Geben said. "I mainly talk to Coach Turgeon and Coach Bino. I feel pretty comfortable with them."
Another school on the big man's radar is Virginia.
"I have been talking to them a good amount," Geben said. "I think they have a really good staff and I really like the coaches there."
"I think they are a really good academic school," said Geben, who plans to major in Engineering. "They play in the ACC, which obviously says that they are a pretty good basketball program."
The combination of quality academics and basketball, especially ACC basketball, has the Cavaliers near the top of Geben's list.
"I would say Virginia is in my top three," Geben said. "Notre Dame is up there with them, and then Maryland and Villanova are kind of three, four. They are kind of tied there."
Geben is taking some well-deserved time off this week before getting back on the court with Team Takeover in Las Vegas, NV.
"I am doing some light workouts at my high school, but nothing super intense," Geben said.
And as for the recruiting process?
"It's fun. Sometimes it gets a little overwhelming and chaotic, but I think that is a good problem to have," Geben said. "Not every player gets to have this problem."
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