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Isaiah Roby Draft Profile

Breaking down the NBA potential of Isaiah Roby

Junior 6’8″ 230 Power Forward Nebraska DOB: 2/3/98
11.8 ppg 6.9 rpg 1.9 bpg FG: 45.4% 3 PT: 33.3%

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Recruiting Profile

Wingspan: 7’3″ 

NBA Comparison: Marvin Williams/Jerami Grant

Strengths: Athleticism, Rebounding, Shot Blocking, Agility

Weaknesses: Consistency, Outside Shooting, Position Fit

Roby came into Nebraska as a work in progress of sorts, and by all means he remains in the category. His athleticism was elite on the college level and he would instantly be one of the better athletes on many teams in the league. On the fast break is where he can be very productive at the professional level, with Roby always being a threat to throw down a big dunk. The highlight dunks are impressive, but his vertical also allows him to get his shot off against much bigger players, which is something he will need to use going forward. He has shown he can rebound at a high level when he had 16 rebounds against Northwestern and 14 against Maryland. As a defender his ceiling is very high, with the potential to be used as a player who can guard multiple positions, which is more important than ever with all of the pick and roll situations in the NBA today. Roby is a very solid shot blocker averaging 2 blocks per game and 1.9 as a junior, with his skills of blocking shots on the fast break being specifically impressive. For his size he has good agility and moves much more like a guard than a forward, and this is another intriguing aspect to his potential as he will no doubt be playing more on the wing. 

Despite many teams liking what his game can become, as far as his production on the college level, Roby was not consistent enough on the offensive end. There were games where he dominated scoring 28 against Butler, and 23 against Iowa, and 22 against Penn State but there were many performances where he did not put up solid numbers. The inconsistency is somewhat true when it comes to his rebounding numbers as well, and teams would have like to have seen Roby dominate games more consistently as a junior in college. His outside shooting numbers will need to go up as he will be asked to play more on the wing, but his shot mechanics are solid and it is a fluid shooting motion. He did show potential in this area shooting it more often each year averaging 40.5% as a sophomore, and 33.3% as a junior, becoming comfortable with this part his game. Primarily as a power forward in college doing a lot of his work around the basket, playing small forward or power forward in the NBA requires you to be able to spread the floor and play on the wing, and while this will be an adjustment, Roby has shown that he is capable of creating shots. If he is able to make this transition, his ceiling is higher than many of the other players projected to go outside of the first round. 

Here is a big time dunk that he threw down against Rutgers:

This play gives you an idea of how he can block a shot with ease:

Roby is viewed as a potential second round pick, with some having him going in the late first round. With his limited offensive production, despite the potential he has shown, he will most likely go in the second round. There is also the option that he chooses to return to school, but with a new head coach at Nebraska it is thought that he will keeping his name in the draft. If he does choose to return to school he would have a good chance at playing his way into a first round selection in next years draft should he improve. His ceiling as a professional is a starter level stretch four that might come off of the bench but receives significant minutes, scoring at an above average rate and providing elite defense on the other end. The worst case scenario for Roby is that he is unable to improve his offensive game enough to earn major minutes, causing him to be on a roster in a reserve role, being used primarily as a defender.

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