It should be no surprise that four-star wing Robby Carmody is hearing more from Indiana since Archie Miller was hired.
Both grew up in western Pennsylvania and are the son of a high school basketball coach.
“I was talking to them before and once Archie got there it started to pick up a little bit because I’ve known him my whole life,” Carmody said. “He’s from around my area. I’m good friends with his dad, work out with him all the time. It’s a good connection.”
A connection that Carmody seems to value.
“He knows what he’s talking about. A good people person, fun to be around and he really has a great head for the game. I think he’s going to do great things at Indiana.”
Miller and a pair of his assistants watched Carmody play for his Ohio Basketball Club squad this past weekend in Fort Worth in the first weekend of play in the adidas Gauntlet series.
“Most people consider (Indiana) a blue blood and a great place to be,” Carmody said.
As a top 100 player, he’s receiving heavy interesting already.
“Purdue, Michigan, Syracuse, Butler, places like that,” Carmody said.
One of those other places is Notre Dame, a program that has successfully recruited his area in the past.
He told us the Irish were in for an in-home visit this past Wednesday.
“It’s crazy,” Carmody said. “Even when the recruiting started, you don’t every really picture them coming to your house and sitting down with your family. So that was a really cool experience.”
There was just a short window for colleges to see Carmody in Pennsylvania before his trip to Texas, but one other school was in last week.
“Purdue was there for an in home visit Wednesday,” Carmody said. “I was gone for most of the (visit) period because I was over in Italy playing.”
That international basketball trip included a couple of his Ohio Basketball Club teammates including fellow four-star Dwayne Cohill.
“That was one of the most favorite things I have ever done,” Carmody said. “It was completely different. You can’t complain to the refs because they don’t understand you. We got to stay with a host family so it was all home cooked meals. It was great.”
Where he has grown up as certainly shaped how he plays on the court.
“Western PA--football and wrestling town,” Carmody said. “I have heard from a lot of college coaches that I am one of the toughest (players) they have seen. I think that is what it is right now because I can guard just about any position, depending on what we need. I am not afraid to bang there with any bigs or step and guard any guards.”
His hometown is the city of Mars where high school games aren’t necessarily like the rest of the country.
“It’s rough. You didn’t play well if you didn’t have bruises or cuts anywhere,” Carmody said.
In Fort Worth he showed a high motor, using his better than average strength to clear space on drives. He also displayed a pretty reliable jump shot.
Despite going down with a sprained ankle early in the second half of his final game on Sunday, Carmody averaged about 21 points over the weekend, one of the top 10 overall scorers in the event.
He’ll get serious with his recruitment at the end of this month.
“Still pretty open,” Carmody said. “I am going to be cutting down some pretty soon, probably after everyone gets a look these two live periods.”
The cut-down plan is a normal one.
“I’ll probably start with 10 and then after July, probably five,” he said.
Look for Indiana to work to make his upcoming list.
“Yesterday they called my dad and said they were going to watch me in this tournament and then probably stop by and watch me work out,” Carmody said.