The Nebraska Cornhuskers got some tough news earlier this week as the program learned that star forward Isaiah Roby would be remaining in the 2019 NBA Draft and foregoing additional time in Lincoln. Many expected things to go this way after Tim Miles would be fired, but it is still a key loss for the Huskers moving forward.
Roby played three seasons with the program and finished with 786 points, 530 rebounds and 154 blocked shots. He started in 35 games last season for the team and averaged an impressive 11.8 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game in route to the team’s trip to the NIT.
For Roby, most project him to be a potential second round pick in this year’s NBA Draft. A lot will come down to how he performs in individual workouts and the players availability late in the draft process. No matter what, Roby will have to earn his spot in this year’s Summer League.
On the other side, Nebraska will have to figure out how to replace one of its better players in recent history. Honestly, that’s pretty tough to project at this point. Nebraska’s entire roster looks different heading into next season. It’s anyone’s guess who ends up sliding into starting roles in the frontcourt.
The good news for Nebraska, though, is that Roby’s departure could give the program its first draft picks in decades. Something that’s always good for the long-term development of the program.