Posted On: 01/9/17 1:00 PM
Cody Carmichael, 5’10” point guard from Ironwood High School, is certainly one of the more intriguing basketball prospects in the state of Arizona’s 2017 recruiting class.
Carmichael, who also plays Grassroots for AZU/Team Bayless, is ranked as the No. 32 player in the state, according to Prep Hoops, and he’s just outside of the top ten points guards in Arizona. He’s part of an Eagles team that’s currently 10-6 and fighting through a two-game losing streak. With that said, Carmichael feels pretty good about his high school team and he seems confident in what they’ll be able to do down the stretch.
“The season started off rough but we figured things out and are doing pretty good so far,” he told Prep Hoops.
Carmichael also seemed pleased with his personal effort his season — though he did say he’s always trying to improve — but like many great players and leaders do, he brought the focus back to his team.
“Excited for the rest of the season with the team we have,” he said. “Think we have the pieces to really make some noise and glad I can be part of what we’re doing.”
What’s most intriguing about Carmichael as a recruit is that even though he’s a top player from the state of Arizona and he’s obviously talented, he has other priorities that may not exactly line up with college basketball — at least right away.
“I’ve talked to some small colleges but have no offers right now,” he said when asked for an update on his recruitment. “I’m going to serve a two year mission for my church after high school and then plan to play college ball after that if possible.”
Though some colleges may sour at the thought of waiting two years to be able to truly recruit Carmichael, there are a few things worth noting about his post high school plans.
First, it says a lot about him as a player that schools are still talking to him despite the planned two-year hiatus. Small schools or not, that points to him being a player worth waiting for. Plays like this do as well:
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— Cody Carmichael ?? (@Carmichael1031) December 22, 2016
He’s likely a recruit coaches are willing to wait for when it comes to his off-the-court personality as well. Having good locker room guys is always a plus at the college level, and the fact that Carmichael is dedicated and committed to his non-basketball life really tells college coaches all they need to know about his character. Even the best players in the world don’t get far if they can’t keep it together off the court or work well with their teammates on it, so especially at the college level — where scholarships and spots on the team are so valuable — character still does matter.
That should make Carmichael stand out in a few years. That, and the fact that he’s not planning on dropping hoops altogether.
“I will still be able to train while on my mission,” he relayed.
Dedication is one of the more underrated qualities in an athlete, and Carmichael has it in bunches. He may jump off the map for a year or two after high school, but don’t be surprised if he ends up back on the hoops radar when all is said and done.