Isaiah
Roby
Position: PF
Height/Weight: 6-7 / 214 lbs
School/Club: Nebraska
Status: Junior
Birthday: 02/03/1998

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.

Defensive Analysis

  • 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. 

Career Highlights

  • 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). 

Junior (2018-19)

  • 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). 

Strengths

  • 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. 

Personal

  • Was a High School high jumper who placed fourth in the Illinois Class 2A meet in 2016.
  • Active with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 
     

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