Robby Carmody talks relationship with Archie Miller, IU interest

  • 04/24/2017 10:46 am in

FORT WORTH, Texas – Mars Area (Pa.) guard Robby Carmody won’t have to do much research on Archie Miller, who has been on the job in Bloomington now for just over a month.

The two already know each other well.

Carmody, a 6-foot-4 guard, is from Western Pennsylvania just like Miller.

“I was talking to them (IU) before and once Archie got there it started to pick up a little bit just because I’ve known him my whole life,” Carmody said over the weekend. “He’s from around my area, good friends with his dad (John Miller), work out with him all the time. So it’s a good connection.”

That connection has allowed the Hoosiers to jump right into his recruitment.

“He knows what he’s talking about,” he said. “He’s just a really 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.”

Carmody was among the leading scorers at the first adidas Gauntlet session at GameOn Sports just outside of Dallas. He averaged 21.3 points over four games with the Ohio Basketball Club.

He showed a strong shooting stroke at the Gauntlet and also got to the line regularly because of his willingness to drive the ball into the paint and force contact. Coming from what he calls a “football and wrestling town,” Carmody said he welcomes physical play.

“It’s rough,” Carmody said. “You didn’t play good if you didn’t have bruises or cuts anywhere. I have heard from a lot of college coaches that I am one of the toughest kids they have seen. I think that is what it is right now because I can guard pretty much any position, depending on what we need. I am not afraid to bang with any bigs or step and guard any guards.”

Carmody is ranked the No. 84 player nationally by the 247Composite and mentioned Purdue, Michigan, Syracuse, Butler and Notre Dame as some of the other schools involved his his recruitment.

He plans to trim his list later in the spring.

“(I’m still) pretty open,” he said. “Going to start cutting it down pretty soon here, probably after everyone gets a look these live periods. I’ll probably start with 10 and then after July, probably five.”

Both Notre Dame and Purdue recently conducted in-home visits with Carmody, who was still working off some jet lag from a recent trip to Italy for basketball.

“That was one of the most favorite things I have ever done just because it was completely different,” Carmody said. “You can’t complain to the refs, they don’t understand you. It was fun. We got to stay with a host family so all home cooked meals. It was great.”

The Indiana coaching staff had several looks at Carmody in Dallas and the Hoosiers will be a factor as his recruitment moves along.

“The connection I have with Archie definitely gives them a little bit of an edge,” Carmody said. “Most people consider (Indiana) a blue blood and a great place to be.”

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  • pcantidote

    Lot’s of diverse georgraphical ties here. Arch has Western PA, Bruiser has Eastern PA, Ostrom has Minnesota, Schilling Indiana — I like it.

  • SCHoosier

    This kid is going to score…sweet simple stroke from the outside. Not afraid to take it in the paint. My question would be is he quick enuff to guard opposing guards.? Love his connection to the Miller family.

  • Right and left hand going to the basket, and, believe it or not, a kid who knows how to fake, head and ball. I’m with you SCH, foot speed is my biggest concern for this young man.

  • N71

    Unique player for sure. If he were from Eastern Europe he’d have a name like Boris “The Bruise” Scrapovic.

  • inLinE6

    He’s strong but a bit slow. It’ll be interesting to see how he defends at high D1 level. And Miller plays man-to-man all the time. But if Miller thinks he can play, I’m with him.

  • VOXAC30

    There is one ares where this kid reminds me of TW which is going to the rim. TW didn’t care he drove hard to the rim at the craziest angles some of it amazed me in that he never got hurt. This kid albeit is slower and shorter version willing give up his body in the same way.

  • Lance76

    You are correct, but after the comment about not playing well if you didn’t have cuts and bruises I am sold.I am looking for a tough defensive player that will tie your shoe laces together when you’re not looking. His outside stoke looks great.

  • Sarasota Hoosier

    He has potential. Reminds me a little of Randy Wittman in high school.

  • Arch Puddington

    He reminds me a bit of Trevon Bluiett as a high schooler. Somewhat similar physiques — big, husky guys with natural strength — and both are natural scorers who stroke it from deep and finish in traffic. Like Bluiett, he’ll get leaner and stronger in college, which should translate to at least a bit more footspeed. If this video and his performance at the Adidas Gauntlet event are any indication, he’s a keeper for sure.

  • HoosierStuckInKY

    “You didn’t play good if you didn’t have bruises or cuts anywhere. I have heard from a lot of college coaches that I am one of the toughest kids they have seen.” He would definitely fill a need that has been lacking for quite a while now.

  • VOXAC30

    I will be using this ” tie your shoe laces together when you’re not looking” in the future

  • IU Cal 1809

    Wow that was a joy to watch. If he comes to IU I can see him becoming a fan favorite really quick! Kinda looking like the kid from BYU couple years ago can’t remember his name. But he was a stud in the collage game.

  • We’reAllForYou82

    Agree with the comments. Our next Dana Fife/Will Sheehey. I think will we be seeing more of these thick bodied types coming in. Also has 4 years written all over him imo

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  • Fivelefts

    Comparative to the other guards being recruited in the 18-19 class.. I’m not sure where he would fall in line? Seems like we have the interest of three outstanding guards from Indiana in, Phinisee, Hunter and Langford.. Also.. I’d like to see Arch recruiting some bigs for the 18-19 class..

  • AZIU71

    Seems to fit Archie’s “tough/nasty” mentality. With Phinisee, Hunter and Carmody I guess Archie will have to decide who is a priority and try and get at least one of them. This Carmody seems like somebody you don’t want to play against.

  • cheeseman18

    He looks like the type of kid Indiana has been missing recently, and didn’t really go after this type either. He’s not a super highlight reel athlete, but man does he have fundamentals. He can stroke it, he plays nasty and physical, and seems to have a high bball IQ. I felt that in the past IU would offer TONS of the top 50 guys scholarships, then go after a few unranked guys that could have potential. I didn’t see us recruiting a lot of the 50-100 ranked guys. Arch seems to be all over that range of player. I like it, I think if you can fill a team with a lot of those guys mixed in with a couple 5 stars, that’s a recipe for success.

  • marcusgresham

    Iben Pistoff

  • marcusgresham

    I don’t see Phinisee lumped in with those other three—he’s a PG. He’s a capable scorer, but he’s a point.

  • VOXAC30

    I see the connection but he is 100% Butler right now could we pull him away if we don’t get the Indiana kids?

  • GatewayHoosier

    How does this not have more upvotes?

  • AJT

    I believe we have our winner of the internet for April 24th

  • cbags05

    But does he have control? Eeeeeek I don’t want another TW

  • Conrad Schlegel

    We need players like this. Tough. smart. skilled. “Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard. This kid looks the mold for CAM system and I think that we need more people who are smart and demand excellence from there teammates. Something we lacked greatly on this years team

  • VOXAC30

    I would take another TW in a heartbeat.
    Granted, he was mistake prone but he was a huge reason we won another BIG title.

  • cbags05

    Way too inconsistent for me. Just too unreliable.

  • ScoopGeoff

    You should read up on Belichick’s rules of leadership… one of the reasons he and the Patriots have been so consistently successful is because he always plays the consistent player over the flashy one…

    You can keep your TW… I’ll beat you all day with guys like this…