Shoulder injury sidelines Notre Dame guard Robby Carmody for season

Tom Noie
South Bend Tribune

His first semester as a college student isn't all that ended Friday for Notre Dame freshman guard Robby Carmody.

His first season on the Irish men's basketball team also is over.

The 6-foot-4 Carmody, who became the first Irish freshman in 16 years to start a season opener last month, will miss the rest of the year because of a left shoulder injury. Carmody made the injury announcement — a torn labrum — Friday afternoon on Twitter.

"This is just a minor setback for a major comeback," Carmody wrote.

The Gatorade Pennsylvania player of the year as a high school senior, Carmody averaged 31.1 points 14.1 rebounds per game. He scored a total of 33 points in nine games this season.

Carmody went scoreless his final three games and four of five.

The shoulder bothered Carmody in two games this year, including the lone Irish home exhibition. Both times he left immediately for the trainer's room for treatment. Both times he returned to the bench and downplayed the injury, saying it was nothing.

A native of Mars, Pa., Carmody played in all nine games with two starts. He was averaging 3.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 10 minutes a game. He scored 11 points with four rebounds in 14 minutes in the opener against UIC, then started the next game against Chicago State. He played three scoreless minutes in Notre Dame's most recent game, last week at UCLA.

With Carmody out, the Irish will lean even more on fellow freshman guard Dane Goodwin, who played 11 minutes at UCLA. Also, junior guard Nik Djogo, who's been outside the rotation the first nine games, is expected to step into Carmody's reserve role.

Carmody underwent an MRI on Thursday, and then practiced Friday. The MRI showed the labrum tear. He will remain with the team and will undergo surgery at a date to be determined. He's expected to be fully recovered in time for the 2019-20 season.

According to a Notre Dame spokesman, Carmody will retain four full seasons of eligibility. Had Carmody played in Saturday's game against Purdue in the Crossroads Classic, he would have lost a year of eligibility under NCAA medical redshirt regulations.

Carmody's loss leaves the Irish with nine available scholarship players. A 10th — fellow freshman Chris Doherty — has dressed in uniform each of the last five games but will play only in an emergency situation. The coaching staff would prefer to put Doherty, a power forward, on the five-year plan.

Doherty became an emergency option following the transfer of former senior captain Elijah Burns, who left the program after four games. He's since announced plans to transfer to Siena, where he hopes to be eligible for the spring semester.

Notre Dame freshman guard Robby Carmody (24) will miss the rest of the season because of a left shoulder injury.