The Maryland staff is casting a wide net in its search for 2018 recruits, and May 1 headman Mark Turgeon identified another shooting guard/wing target. Four-star Robby Carmody, who is from Western Pennsylvania’s Mars High (Pa.), landed his fourth Big Ten offer from the Terps.
“I really like the opportunity that’s there at Maryland,” said Carmody, who also claims verbals from Butler, Auburn, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Purdue, Syracuse, Cincinnati, Xavier, Louisville and others. “What they re doing there at Maryland really fits me, and I think it’s a really good program in the Big Ten. Coach Turgeon seems like a great coach, and I like what he was saying to me about the school and the program.”
May 1 was the first time the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Carmody had had contact with Turgeon. He did hear from UMD recruiter Dustin Clark about a week before, however, after the Terps’ assistant saw Carmody show out on the Adidas circuit for the Ohio Basketball Club.
“Coach Clark saw me play, and we’re just starting to build a relationship. We’ve talked a couple times,” Carmody said. “Then Coach Turgeon called [May 1], and he said he thinks my physical style would really fit well with what they’re trying to do there. He said my physical style overall is what they’re looking for in the Big Ten.”
Although he’s from the Midwest, Carmody actually has a connection to Maryland. His aunt lives near College Park, Md., affording Carmody a chance to see UMD.
“I’ve been there before, about two years ago, because I have family in the area, and I think it’s a really great campus. It’s a school I’m going to be looking more into and would like to get back to,” Carmody said. “I typically go back to see my aunt once or twice a year, so I’ll definitely be back in the area. I really like it down there.”
The Mars High product has already seen a bunch of other suitors recently. He said he’s trekked through Purdue, Butler, Pitt, PSU, Syracuse, Notre Dame and Michigan. He plans to check out Auburn and Maryland sometime in June, in addition to taking return trips to Butler; Notre Dame; and Michigan.
“Right now, I’d say Purdue, Butler, Notre Dame and Michigan are standing out some,” Carmody said. “I really liked my visits to those schools, and they’re in the Big Ten, which is where it’s at for me. That conference really fits my style, which is a physical guard that can shoot and do all the little things teams need me to do.”
Carmody also mentioned he’d not seeking any other offers in particular, saying, “I’m good with what I’ve got.” However, if Indiana -- a school whose coaches have been in touch and have connection with the Carmody family -- antes up, the Hoosiers would promptly enter the mix for the four-star.
“But what I’m thinking is I’ll cut down my [favorites] list to around five or so schools in July, after the next evaluation period,” Carmody said. “Then from there I’ll make my [college] decision before my senior basketball season.”
Carmody said the main factors he’ll be looking for in a school will be style of play, his relationship with the staff, and academics.
He harped on the latter.
“Education is very, very important to me and my family,” Carmody said. “I want to go to a school where I can get a great degree.”
Carmody has shined thus far on the Adidas Gauntlet. He’s averaging 19 points on 44 percent shooting and 33.5 percent from range. He’s also grabbing five rebounds per and nabbing over one steal a night.