Four-star guard likes new Irish hoops staff

Four-star junior guard Robby Carmody kept busy in June with three visits. Notre Dame hosted Carmody last week with new assistant Ryan Ayers sliding into the role of primary recruiter.

Robby Carmody made the most of a break between busy stretches in the travel circuit.

Over the past few weeks, Carmody made a three visits. Notre Dame, Michigan and Purdue all hosted the four-star rising junior guard. Getting away from Mars, Pa., Carmody’s hometown, to see some potential college landing spots was a key step in an expanding recruitment.

“It's definitely important,” Carmody said. “Obviously, I wanna see a place I could end up being at. I want to see it before I end up making any decision. I got to see what kind of school buildings and stuff they have and build relationships with the coaches.”

Carmody had been to Notre Dame during the season. Returning last week let the 6-foot-4, 190-pound prospect observe the campus environment during a more relaxed time of the year.

“I talked to the academic advisor and saw more of the actual campus,” Carmody said. “I got to sit in on their work out. It was awesome. We saw the moving they did at all times. We’re starting to use some of the drills that they use.”

Getting back to South Bend also gave Carmody an opportunity to meet with the coaching staff again. Head coach Mike Brey remains in charge of the program but other faces have changed since the last time Carmody visited.

Former assistant Martin Ingelsby is now the head coach at Delaware. He’s been replaced by Ryan Ayers, another former Irish guard, as Carmody’s primary recruiter.

“I love coach Ayers,” Carmody said. “He’s the one that’s been mostly talking to me. He’s a great dude. He understands the spot that I’m in because he was there once. It’s different because he understands I’m not always gonna be able to talk and stuff. He’s cool about it, makes stuff short. It’s just really nice talking to him.”

Brey, however, isn’t leaving all the recruiting to Ayers. Carmody talked with Brey about where he could fit into the program and past success of similar players. Carmody also saw it in person during the season.

“He feels that I could be a big key part in what they do because I’m a versatile guard,” Carmody said. “They always do pretty well in that system.”

Brey made Carmody his first offer in the Class of 2018 during the spring.

Other offers on the table include Cincinnati, Louisville, Northwestern, Penn State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rice and Xavier. Michigan, Syracuse and Stanford have also been expressing interest, among others.

Carmody sees more visits happening in August. Syracuse, Northwestern and Louisville could all play host. Carmody would like to see Stanford as well, although that will be a trickier trip to organize.

Either way, Carmody plans to let the process play out before narrowing things down or potentially making a commitment.

“I’m still taking it in right now,” he said. “But I’m gonna need to start thinking about that pretty soon I think.” Top Stories