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Lithuanian post player likes Temple

Standing 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds with a soft touch, Martinas "Martin" Geben is an intriguing prospect for plenty of Division I basketball programs. And Temple is one of them. Geben, who came to America from his native Lithuania in August 2011, was on an unofficial visit to Temple on Sunday. The junior power forward/center at St. Maria Goretti High School in Maryland witnessed the Owls’ 84-76 victory over then 21st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth. I'm very interested [in Temple],” Geben said.”I like the league that they play in, and I like the whole basketball program.” The Owls (23-8) are in their last season in the Atlantic Ten. They will become an all-sports member of the league now known as the Big East on July 1. Temple rejoined the Big East for football this past season. It had been a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference since 2007. Geben said he has not yet received a scholarship offer from Temple. He has offers from St. Joseph’s, Dayton, George Mason and George Washington. “I don't have any favorites right now,” Geben said. “But I'm interested in [Temple].” He averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds this season.

Lithuanian post player likes Temple

Temple coach Fran Dunphy. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)
Temple coach Fran Dunphy. (Yong Kim/Staff file photo)

Standing 6-foot-9 and 230 pounds with a soft touch, Martinas "Martin" Geben is an intriguing prospect for plenty of Division I basketball programs. And Temple is one of them.
Geben, who came to America from his native Lithuania in August 2011, was on an unofficial visit to Temple on Sunday. The junior power forward/center at St. Maria Goretti High School in Maryland witnessed the Owls’ 84-76 victory over then 21st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth.
I'm very interested [in Temple],” Geben said.”I like the league that they play in, and I like the whole basketball program.”
The Owls (23-8) are in their last season in the Atlantic Ten. They will become an all-sports member of the league now known as the Big East on July 1.
Temple rejoined the Big East for football this past season. It had been a football-only member of the Mid-American Conference since 2007.
Geben said he has not yet received a scholarship offer from Temple. He has offers from St. Joseph’s, Dayton, George Mason and George Washington.
“I don't have any favorites right now,” Geben said. “But I'm interested in [Temple].”
He averaged 16 points and 12 rebounds this season.

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Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004. He takes over the Sixers beat after covering the Temple men’s basketball team for the past three years and Temple football the past two seasons. Pompey also previously covered the Penn and Drexel men’s basketball team and Villanova football team after initially focusing on high school sports.

Pompey is a native Philadelphian and a University of Pittsburgh graduate. Follow him on Twitter @PompeyOnSixers or reach Keith at kpompey@phillynews.com.

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