Basketball: Notre Dame signs a pair of forwards
By LaMond Pope firstname.lastname@example.org or 713-2691 November 13, 2013 8:08PM
Updated: November 13, 2013 11:06PM
Mike Brey believes forwards Bonzie Colson, Jr. and Martin Geben can make an immediate impact for the Notre Dame basketball team.
“Two guys that will be ready to play as freshmen. And need to be ready to play as freshmen because we lose Garrick Sherman and Tom Knight,” Brey said during a teleconference Wednesday.
Colson and Geben signed letters of intent to play basketball for the Irish on Wednesday.
“We really targeted frontline guys after recruiting what we thought was a very good perimeter and one frontline guy in the current freshman class,” Brey said. “To come back and add these two guys, I’m really excited. They are great fits for us.”
The 6-foot-9, 230-pound Geben is ranked No. 98 nationally for the Class of 2014 by Rivals.com. He is from Vilnius, Lithuania. Geben is currently attending St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Md., where he averaged 17 points, 12 rebounds and 3 blocked shots as a junior.
“He’s got something that no one else on our team has playing in the Lithuania national program and as we know Lithuania has produced great basketball players,” Brey said. “… He has a great body and strength on him already and certainly with the bodies similar to him that we are losing, Sherman and Knight, he becomes an important guy right away. He’s a high-energy guy, physical guy already at a young age. Loves playing post defense, is good with the basketball.”
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound Colson is from New Bedford, Mass. He averaged 17 points, 9.3 rebounds and 3.5 blocks as a junior at St. Andrew’s School in Barrington, R.I. He is ranked No. 146 nationally by Rivals.com.
“With Bonzie the worst thing you can do is put a position on him. Bonzie truly is a basketball player and he’s a beautiful basketball player,” Brey said. “… He has a very high basketball IQ. He has a feel for the game. He’s one of those guys, and I’ll make a (Luke) Harangody comparison, just in the ability to find the basket. He scores the ball from a lot of different places.”
Brey said Notre Dame is already seeing recruiting benefits from the move to the ACC.
“It really helped us with both of these guys,” Brey said, “especially with Martin that he’s going to play that close to his host family.”