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Mars' Robby Carmody commits to Notre Dame

| Thursday, June 22, 2017, 4:00 p.m.
Steph Chambers | Tribune-Review
Mars Area’s Robby Carmody (24) shoots against Neumann-Goretti’s Rasheed Browne (2) during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66.

When Robby Carmody committed Thursday to Notre Dame, the decision brought his basketball life full circle.

The first basketball camp he'd attended as a first grader was run by former Notre Dame player Matt Carroll at St. Alphonsus in Wexford, said Carmody's father, adding that a Matt Carroll jersey hangs in Robby's room to this day.

But it was another jersey, a Pittsburgh Penguins sweater, that cajoled the Mars senior to commit. When Carmody walked into Mike Brey's office this week for his official South Bend visit, the Notre Dame coach was wearing Fighting Irish alum Ian Cole's jersey.

That, Carmody said, was the moment he knew.

"It meant a lot," said Carmody, a hockey fan. "Just knowing he took that time to go out of his way to do something like that for me, it was a really special moment."

As a junior, the versatile 6-foot-4 shooting guard averaged 26.2 points, 12.7 rebounds and 4.8 assists. The four-star recruit is the top WPIAL player in the 2018 class. He had around two dozen scholarship offers, but ultimately chose the Irish over Purdue and Michigan.

The Carmodys visited Purdue's campus last weekend, but a scheduled visit to Ann Arbor, Mich., will be canceled.

"We were also considering possibly visiting Indiana and Ohio State," said Rob Carmody, his father and Mars' coach. "But after this trip it was very obvious that this was right and there was no reason to wait."

Carmody slept on his decision overnight Wednesday, and "was committed even stronger" by Thursday morning.

The verbal commitment completes a recruiting journey that started more than two years ago. Carmody received his first scholarship offer in the summer before his sophomore year.

"We've driven around since he was a freshman," his father said. "We tried to give him as much knowledge and information about each place as we could, and kind of left it up to him."

Said Carmody: "It's been really, really hectic, but I've been trying to have as much fun with it as I possibly can, because you don't get to do this twice."

He was able to work out this week with some Notre Dame players, and was convinced he could be successful in the Irish offense. Notre Dame finished 26-10 overall last season, reached the ACC tournament final and the NCAA second round.

"The system they run kind of revolves around the stuff I do really well," Carmody said. "They run an interchangeable offense. Their three guards can play one through three any time down the court. I think that fits me really well."

Jerry DiPaola contributed. Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at or via Twitter @CHarlan_Trib.

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