Robby Carmody is an elite student-athlete currently attending Mars Area High School in Metropolitan Pittsburgh. The 6’4 shooting guard/wing standout is one of the fastest rising Sophmores in the country, currently ranked the #45 player in the country for the class of 2018 per Scout. Playing for OBC on the AAU circuit, Robby is going to be a priority for college coaches across the country that covet his unique combination of size, skill, athleticism, toughness, and enthusiasm for the game.
I. HIGH SCHOOL SEASON & SELF ANALYSIS
EM: Congratulations on reaching the 3A State Championship game, can you tell us a bit about your High School season for the team and for you individually?
RC: As a team, I think we are one of the toughest you’ll see. We overcame a few injuries early on to starters, but our strong senior core helped keep the team together. We achieved one of our goals, which was to win the Sectional, but we came up a little short of our ultimate goal to win the state championship. Individually, my season went pretty well. I missed a few games early on but it helped my mental understanding of the game a lot better. I was named all section and very surprisingly made first team all state.
EM: Can you describe your game for those that are not familiar?
RC: I see myself as a versatile player who can make a contribution at any position on both offense and defense. I’m also a very big hustler, it’s very difficult to take a loose ball or rebound from me. I can do a lot, but I think I’m at my best driving and finishing at the rim or dishing to my teammates for easy baskets. I like to play around the rim, but I get a lot of offensive rebounds for putbacks, just doing whatever it takes to win. My shooting and ball skills need to improve going forward though.
EM: How often do you work on your game?
RC: I work on my game as much as I possibly can. I get up before school 3 times a week and do full speed drills, and the other 4 days I’ll work on shooting and ballhandling. I also lift weights 3 times a week.
II. ACADEMICS AND OFF-COURT INTERESTS
EM: Can we talk a bit about your interests as a student, what is your favorite subject?
RC: My favorite subject is English. I love to read as much as I can, I read a whole book on the way to Dallas (Adidas Tournament).
EM: What do you plan to major in when attending college?
RC: I plan to major in Business and minor in teaching and hopefully get into coaching if I’m not playing after college.
EM: What are your interests off the court?
RC: I try to be a kid as much as possible. It can be very hard sometimes with traveling for basketball. When I can, I like to hang out with friends. I love to read and watch TV series on Netflix as well.
EM: Shifting a bit to recruiting, can you tell us which schools have offered you?
RC: I have offers from Louisville, Pitt, Purdue, Cincinnati, Xavier, Penn State, Duquesne, and Rice
EM: Which schools show interest that haven’t yet offered:
RC: Michigan, Virginia, West Virginia, Stanford, and Syracuse
EM: Which schools do you hear from the most?
RC: Purdue and Duquesne
EM: Coach Beilein from Michigan was in to see you yesterday, can you tell us a bit about your relationship with UM and Coach Beilein
RC: Personally, I love UofM and the entire staff. They think I’d be the perfect fit in their offense and could make big contributions early.
EM: Any plans to visit UM in the future?
RC: Hopefully I’ll be able to visit UofM soon.
EM: Any visits lined up in the near future?
RC: Not yet, probably this summer.
EM: What factors are important to you and your family when making your college decision?
RC: My relationship with the coaches and the team. Also, the type of education I would be receiving.
EM: Can we talk about AAU a bit, how did it go this past weekend in Texas? Are you excited for the challenge of playing on the national scene?
RC: I thought this weekend was great. We were all relatively new to playing with each other but I thought we meshed very well together. I absolutely love playing against the best competition in the country.
V. PERSONAL GOALS & ADVICE
EM: Any personal goals on or off the court?
RC: To win the state championship next year.
EM: Last, if you could give the youth some advice on how to succeed either on or off the court, what would you say?
RC: Keep your grades up first and foremost. No matter how good you are, you can’t play in college if you don’t have the grades. Always work hard because if you aren’t, someone else will be passing you up.