ADAMS TWP — Statistics may not be everything in sports, but they are essential when discussing Michael Carmody's progression for the Mars boys basketball team.
Now a senior, the 6-foot-6 forward's varsity career began modestly as a freshman when he averaged 4.8 points per game for a Planet team that reached the state quarterfinals in March 2017.
“We put him in off the bench for his shooting ability,” said Mars coach Rob Carmody. “He basically filled that same role as a sophomore (starter), but he's been more of a low- to mid-post player the last two years.
“The biggest change we've seen is the poise and patience he has on offense. It's hard for teams to double-team him because he's not just sitting there. He's active and moves around.”
Michael Carmody has thrived in that role. His points per game average has improved every year, from 8.4 as a sophomore, 14.7 last year and 19.5 this season.
His 27-point effort Sunday against Upper St. Clair put Carmody over 1,000 points for his career. He enters Friday's home game against Plum with 1,037.
“It's awesome to get to 1,000 points,” said Michael Carmody. “It's taken a lot of work, but we've played so many playoff games over the last few years. With that many games, there were more chances for me to score.”
Since he joined the varsity team, Mars has played no less than 27 games each season.
This year's team could add another deep playoff run and Michael Carmody knows his teammates will have a large say in that.
“We are shooting the ball really well and defenses can't double-team me all the time. They have to pay attention to our other guys,” he said.
While scoring is a big part of Carmody's game, he has excelled in other areas. With five more rebounds, he will reach 1,000 boards as a varsity player. He is currently averaging 19 per game.
“He comes up with big offensive rebounds and gets putbacks for us,” said Rob Carmody. “Defensively, he alters a lot of shots and because of his size, length and quickness, he is very difficult to move around.”
A football commit for Notre Dame, Carmody never had the urge to not remain on the hardwood for the Planets. His involvement in basketball helped to refine his skills, especially footwork, as an offensive tackle.
“Playing basketball has kept me moving over the winter,” he said. “It helped me in the recruiting process, too. A lot of football coaches came in to watch me play basketball.”