It has been twenty years.
Twenty years since Nebraska last had a player taken in the NBA Draft. We have to go back to 1999 when Venson Hamilton was taken by the Houston Rockets as the 50th pick.
Tonight, that drought ends.
Forward Isaiah Roby has been selected by the Dallas Mavericks as the 45th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. The junior from Illinois has broken the streak.
Worked my whole life for this moment, I’m a Maverick! pic.twitter.com/u3xlRFduaE— Isaiah Roby (@roby_isaiah) June 21, 2019
Roby played all three years at Nebraska. His third and final season he averaged 11.8 points and 6.9 rebounds while shooting just over 45% from the field. He had his ups and down over the years. While not the most consistent shooter Isaiah was one of the best players to grace the Husker uniform in some time. Giving opponents headaches up and down the court.
Isaiah garnered praise early on while he was going through the tryouts for the draft. Many of the NBA scouts honed in on him early. They liked what they saw and it was enough for Roby to forgo his senior season at Nebraska and fully commit to playing in the pros.
Nebraska fans have waited since the Clinton administration for this. The Huskers are on their fourth coach since then. This is all under Tim Miles too. He brought in Roby as a true freshman and not a transfer like so many of the top players at Nebraska were. Miles had him for three years and he left an NBA player.
We wish Isaiah the best in his pro career and thank him for his time at Nebraska.