There is not one definitive film clip of 6-foot-4, 190-pound Robby Carmody from Mars, Pa., who verbally committed to Notre Dame earlier this week.
One three-minute segment might highlight his slash-to-the-basket and finishing skills.
One might show his long-range jumper or dribble penetration with a pull-up jumper to top it off.
One might show him blocking a shot or diving for a loose ball or battling relentlessly on the offensive backboards.
One could be a series of two-handed slam dunks; another shows his defensive anticipation in passing lanes.
You have to see all that is Robby Carmody to understand what Notre Dame is getting when he arrives next summer, prior to the start of the 2018-19 season.
Carmody – Scout’s No. 95 overall prospect and No. 22 shooting guard -- visited Purdue last weekend, made the short trip to Notre Dame, and verbally committed to the Irish ahead of a planned Michigan visit this weekend.
Notre Dame has been on Carmody as long as any recruit on the 2018 list. A close second in terms of recruitment time is, not surprisingly, 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard Prentiss Hubb from Gonzaga Prep in Washington D.C., who verbally committed to the Irish five weeks earlier.
The comparison has been made between Carmody and recently-departed Irish standout Steve Vasturia, a glue guy and do-everything player for Notre Dame during a three-year stretch in which the Irish won 82 games.
There are some similarities between the respective games of Carmody and Vasturia.
Like Vasturia, Carmody is a slasher to the basket. Most of his damage on the prep and AAU level is accomplished by his constant probing of the paint, sliding and slithering his way to the basket to finish with either hand.
Vasturia made a living slashing to the basket for the Irish. Carmody has very comparable skills. He’ll use his body to shield defenders, which adds to his finishing touch.
Like Vasturia, Carmody is a resourceful player. Success often comes by being in the right place at the right time, anticipating a passing lane, positioning himself between the ball and his man to throw a wrench into a designed play, or getting off the floor before everyone else to snag an offensive rebound.
Carmody is dissimilar to Vasturia in other aspects and comparable to Pat Connaughton. Carmody is a much stronger presence on the backboards than Vasturia. He’ll mix it up, stick his nose in there, and dive for a loose ball, which was more Connaughton’s game than Vasturia’s.
Thus, while Carmody is listed as a shooting guard, as was Vasturia, he’s also a small forward, making him a combination 2-3 (like Vasturia) and 3-2 (like Connaughton). (Note: Carmody’s ball-handling skills are better than Connaughton’s.)
Make no mistake, Carmody doesn’t jump as well as Connaughton, who is freakish in that regard. But contrary to Vasturia, Carmody will flush it at the basket whenever the opportunity arises. Vasturia had one slam dunk in his four years at Notre Dame and it came during his senior season.
Also like Connaughton and dissimilar to Vasturia, Carmody will wear his emotions and intensity on his sleeve at times.
Carmody has a very nice mid-range game. His best work offensively is accomplished by a) finishing at the basket and b) dribble-penetration that leads to a pull-up jumper.
Word on the AAU circuit is that he hasn’t shot it as well as many expected, which is a bit perplexing. His release generally is quiet, but his pull-up game is better than his spot-up game.
He does have a tendency to snap his jump shot at times instead sticking with that quiet release and follow through, which may contribute to some inconsistency. But his shot doesn’t flatten out like Vasturia’s generally did. Long-term, his shooting should improve.
A potential concern is a lack of great quickness, which likely will show up more on the defensive end. His well-honed penetration skills offensively mask some of his quickness shortcomings, a la Vasturia. But the Irish probably won’t get the consistently quality defense they got from Vasturia. He’ll likely be a better team defender than one-on-one defender.
He’s not as tall as Vasturia or Connaughton, so some of the success that those two had with the Irish will be a bit more difficult to achieve against length. But again, there’s a resourcefulness to his game that will make him a key building block for Mike Brey’s system, for which he is a perfect fit.