DRAFT TRADE: Traded to Dallas Mavericks
About Isaiah Roby
Isaiah Roby is an athletic, versatile power forward who steadily improved over his three seasons at the NCAA level before putting together a strong showing at the NBA Draft Combine. Widely regarded as a top-150 prospect in the high school class of 2016 out of Dixon High School, Roby carved out a small role as a freshman at Nebraska under Tim Miles before really coming into his own as a sophomore. Took another step forward as a junior in his first season as a regular starter, the Dixon native averaged 11.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.9 blocks per game to help the Cornhuskers to a spot in the NIT.
- Has good size for a power forward measured at 6’8.5 in shoes at the Draft Combine with a7’1 wingspan and a promising 214-pound frame. Possesses very good all-around athleticism playing above the rim impressively on the move and moves his feet well defending on the perimeter.
- Did a little bit of everything last season for Nebraska in a complementary role setting screens, attacking mismatches, spacing the floor, and making some athletic plays both in the half court and in transition with and without the ball.
- Productive defender with good anticipation and tools. Has active hands and the quickness to cover ground on the perimeter. Would benefit from being a bit more physical on the glass and getting stronger to bang inside, but held his own in the post showing intriguing versatility — especially when dialed in.
- Allowed 0.812 points per one-on-one possession posting nearly identical numbers guarding Post Ups and Isolations.
- Tied for third in the Big Ten in blocks (1.9 bpg) as a Junior in 2018-19.
- Ranked 43rd in Division I in blocks (2.0 bpg) in 2017-18.
- Named to Nebraska’s Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring, 2017) and Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017, 2019).
- Averaged 11.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.3 steals and 1.9 blocks while starting all 35 games.
- Scored a game-high 19 points, pulled down a career-high 16 rebounds and tied his season high with five blocks against Northwestern (Feb. 16).
- Finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds against Penn State (Jan. 10).
- Posted 28 points and eight rebounds against Butler in the first round of the NIT.
- Had 20 points, 14 rebounds and five blocks against Maryland (Feb. 6).
- Long, versatile and active at both ends of the court.
- High-level defender with great instincts.
- Can rebound and push the ball in transition.
- Has shown improvement as a spot-up shooter.
- Was a High School high jumper who placed fourth in the Illinois Class 2A meet in 2016.
- Active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation.