Jun 22, 2015
NBA Comparison: Josh Huestis/Andre Roberson
Strengths: For the last three seasons at Nebraska, Isaiah Roby has established himself as a high level defender capable of guarding 1-5 at the collegiate level … Standing 6’8” tall and possessing a lean, athletic, 230 pound frame, Roby also sports a 7’3” wingspan that allows him to play much larger than his listed 6’8” height … Isaiah has also displayed great lateral quickness, and great defensive instincts … As a junior, he blocked 1.9 shots per game and also tallied 1.3 steals per contest … That kind of defensive production also doesn’t showcase his ability to hedge off pick and rolls, and switch defenders at a level that projects him to be a multi-position NBA defender … Roby is also a high level athlete, who gets off the ground quickly and paired with his lateral quickness, also has very good end to end speed … As a versatile NBA defender, he brings a lot to the table … Roby also hauls in 6.9 rebounds per contest which is a pretty solid number due to the fact he’s not always down low in the paint when shooting … From an offensive standpoint, Roby is not a go to offensive option, but he has a solid feel for the game, and is an effective passer … His 1.9 assists per game is a pretty good mark for a defensive minded forward, plus he has an above average handle for a forward, and is effective in transition due to the pairing of these two skills … He also is an improving spot up shooter who possesses good mechanics, and is at least respectable out to the college three point line … During his junior season, he knocked down 28 threes, which is almost one per contest … Isaiah Roby’s versatility as an offensive player gives him the ability to become a "glue" guy on offense, passing the ball, setting screens, pushing in transition, and knocking down open shots at the next level …
Weaknesses: Did not break out into the star some expected in his junior season, at least from a statistical standpoint … While a good defensive player, and one who projects to carry these skills to the NBA, his scoring ability may limit his time on the court … As a junior, Isaiah averaged 11.8 points per game overall on 45% shooting, but against NCAA tournament teams he saw this number dip to 10.9 points per game on just 41% shooting from the field … He’s still very much a work in progress when it comes to creating shots for himself, and he will need to improve significantly to be any sort of one on one threat in the NBA … Roby also shot 33% from the college 3 point line, which was good enough to keep his defender from lagging off, but his range does not extent to the NBA three point line at this point in his development as well … While blessed with great length and athletic ability, Roby only shot 59% at the rim (according to hoop-math.com) which is a sub-par number for a forward with his physical tools … It’s very possible it takes Isaiah the right team fit to see the floor for extended periods of time early in his career due to his offensive limitations.
Overall: Isaiah Roby is a high level defender who should be able to guard 3 positions in the NBA … He’s blessed with high level length, and athletic ability to go with a nice overall feel for the game (especially on defense) … He’s versatile enough on offense to be a positive impact on that side of the ball as a transition player and distributor, but his limitations as a shooter and scorer may directly affect how much burn he can get early in his career, which may ultimately impact his staying power. That being said, if he can become a respectable three point shooter, he could be a really nice piece to a team as a three and D wing.
Notes: A Four Star recruit by Scout, 247 and Rivals, which ranked him No. 114 in the class of 2016 … Was a high school high jumper who placed 4th in the Illinois Class 2A meet in 2016.
David Ray 4/4/19
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