Roby impresses during Thursday workouts at NBA Combine
Nebraska’s Isaiah Roby has been climbing up some NBA mock drafts. In fact, Bleacher Report recently listed Roby as a late first-round pick.
It appears Roby is impressing more than Bleacher Report.
The 6-foot-8 forward had a strong day Thursday at the NBA Combine in Chicago.
ESPN’s Jay Bilas said Roby was one of three players to stand out during the first day of workouts.
“I think he showed why he’s a very good prospect in this year’s draft,” Bilas said during ESPN’s coverage. ”(Roby is) probably a top second-round pick, maybe he can sneak into the first round.”
In his first combine scrimmage, Roby finished with 10 points, five rebounds and three blocks in 21 minutes. Current Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg and former Husker coach Tim Miles were in attendance.
Roby told reporters that he has met with Houston (no draft picks), Miami (13), Phoenix (6, 32), Toronto (59) and Golden State (28, 58) at the combine.
When it came to testing numbers, Roby ranked second among forwards in lane agility, second in three-quarter sprint (3.21 seconds), fourth in shuttle run (:3.05) and fourth in standing vertical leap (32½ inches).
The NBA invited 77 players to the combine. Of those, 41 were listed on rosters that will compete in games Thursday and Friday. Others are going through various testing and have their measurements such as height, weight and wingspan recorded — but won’t be playing any 5-on-5.
Roby, a Dixon, Illinois, native, has until May 29 to decide if he will remain in the NBA Draft or return for his senior season at Nebraska.