After a solid performance at Nike's EYBL event in Hampton, Va. last weekend, Team Takeover big man Martin Geben has turned some heads -- and earned a handful of new scholarship offers.
Like his teammate Tre Campbell, Geben is blowing up early on in the AAU season. Through nine games, Geben and Team Takeover remain undefeated. The 6-foot-8, 220-pound big man is averaging 7 points and 7.7 rebounds on 46% shooting from the floor. (He's even knocked down a pair of three-pointers.)
Since the second EYBL event, Geben has added offers from Notre Dame, Maryland, Virginia and most recently, Villanova.
The Maryland offer came straight from head coach Mark Turgeon following the event, and TerpsRecruiting caught up with him earlier this week to talk about the recruiting process. "Coach Turgeon offered me a scholarship via phone call after the tournament in Hampton," Geben explained.
The rising senior, who plays high school ball at St. Maria Goretti in Hagerstown, Md., says "Xavier, Temple, Dayton, George Washington, George Mason, St. Joseph's, Notre Dame, Maryland and Virginia" -- in no particular order -- are recruiting him the hardest.
Every school on that list has offered a scholarship. But due to the sudden nature of interest from high-major colleges, he admits no school stands out from the crowd yet.
"Academics will play a big role in choosing between schools," he explained, adding that he has no set timetable for making a decision. And while several members of Team Takeover hold scholarship offers from the Terps, he and his teammates have not discussed staying local and playing at Maryland together.
As for folks unfamiliar with Geben's game, he calls himself a face-up power forward. "I have a pretty good game [with my] back to the basket," he said. "My game is kind of similar to [NBA star] Kevin Love."