Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Spring 2017)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
Isaiah Roby emerged as a difference maker for the Huskers, especially during the second half of the 2017-18 campaign. Roby averaged 8.7 points on a team best 57 percent shooting, including 41 percent from 3-point range, while topping Nebraska in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg). He finished fourth in the Big Ten in blocks, as his 63 blocks were the most by a Husker since 2001. Roby joined Ohio State’s Keita Bates-Diop as the only Big Ten players to total at least 50 blocks and 50 assists, a total set by only 18 Division I players in 2017-18. Roby topped the Huskers with four double-doubles and reached double figures 16 times after reaching it once as a freshman. He played some of his best basketball over the final six weeks of the season, averaging 13.0 points on 63 percent shooting along with 8.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game over his final eight games. He reached double figures in each of his last eight games and racked up three double-doubles in that stretch. Roby closed the season with a pair of strong performances in the postseason. He led the Huskers in scoring (16), rebounds (seven) and blocks (five) in the Big Ten Tournament against Michigan on March 2, and nearly had a double-double with 10 points and eight caroms at Mississippi State on March 14.
In Big Ten play, Roby made 12 starts and averaged 9.3 points on 61 percent shooting, and team best in rebounds (6.9 rpg) and blocks (1.8 bpg), as he was third in the Big Ten in blocked shots, sixth in field goal percentage and 10th in rebounding in Big Ten action. He reached double figures 11 times and set his personal best in scoring four times, capped by a career-high 19 point performance in the win over Minnesota on Feb. 6. In that game, Roby went 8-of-10 from the floor and added eight rebounds and five blocked shots, as the Huskers earned their first win in Minneapolis since 2003. He followed that performance by recording double-doubles in three consecutive games (10 points/11 rebounds vs. Rutgers; 11 points/10 rebounds vs. Maryland; 14 points/10 rebounds at Illinois) from Feb. 10-20. The three straight double-doubles was the longest streak since Aleks Maric had five straight in 2007-08. He nearly added a fourth straight double-double with 11 points and nine boards vs. Indiana on Feb. 20. He also had 17 markers and eight boards in a win over Iowa on Jan. 27
Roby began the year with a flourish, setting then-personal bests with 11 points, 13 rebounds and six blocked shots against Eastern Illinois on Nov. 11. He followed by putting up double-figure efforts in wins over North Texas (Nov. 13) and North Dakota (Nov. 19). Roby was slowed by a sprained ankle suffered in the opening minutes of the win over Long Beach State on Nov. 26 before regaining his form late in non-conference action. He had 10 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in just 13 minutes at Creighton before adding eight points, six rebounds and four blocked shots in the one-point loss to Kansas on Dec. 16.
Roby had a late start because of an offseason injury, but was an essential part of the Huskers' rotation as a freshman. He played in 30 games, including four starts, and averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds per game. Roby ranked third on the team with 25 blocked shots despite playing just 15.2 minutes per game, as his blocks total was the fifth highest by a Husker freshman.
Roby's all-around skills started to emerge in Big Ten play despite averaging just 3.3 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. He led the Huskers in blocked shots (17) and was fifth in both assists and steals in just 16.5 minutes per contest. The freshman closed Big Ten play with his best effort of the year, scoring a season-high 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting against Michigan on March 5. He put together his best stretch of games in back-to-back performances against Wisconsin and Penn State. Against the ninth-ranked Badgers, he had four points, a season-high eight rebounds, three blocked shots and two steals in 15 minutes. Against Penn State on Feb. 14, he had six points on 3-of-4 shooting and two rebounds before suffering a sprained ankle. Roby keyed NU's win at No. 16 Indiana on Dec. 28 with eight points, six rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes off the bench, highlighted by a dunk featured on SportsCenter's top-10 plays of the day. He earned extensive playing time while Ed Morrow Jr. was injured and made four starts in conference action. Roby set season bests in both rebounds (eight) and blocked shots (four) against Ohio State on Jan. 18.
Roby, who missed nearly three months of work with a pelvic injury, was eased into action during non-conference action.He played 20 or more minutes just once, a seven-point, two-rebound effort against Mary on Nov. 15. His best performance came against South Dakota on Dec. 5 when he had eight points and two boards in 18 minutes of work, and when he had four points and eight boards in 13 minutes vs. No. 10 Creighton on Dec. 9.
Roby starred for Coach Jason Mead, helping the school turn around the Dixon High program during his four seasons. A two-time all-state performer, he totaled 1,328 points to rank second in school history and ended as the school's all-time leader in rebounds (939) and blocked shots (327). Roby also finished fourth in school history with 366 assists. He was a four-star recruit by Scout, 247 and Rivals, which ranked him No. 114 in the class of 2016. He was among the top seniors in the state of Illinois in the class of 2016.
As a senior, Roby averaged 19.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.9 blocks per game to lead Dixon to a 25-4 mark. He was a second-team all-state (all classes) by the Chicago Sun-Times and a first-team Class 3A all-state by the Chicago Tribune. He finished eighth in the voting for Mr. Basketball in Illinois in 2016. His best performances were a 24-point, 16-rebound, 10-assist performance against Christ the King and a 13-point, 23-rebound, 15-blocked shot effort against Burlington Central. In all, he had four triple doubles in his last two seasons.
As a junior, Roby was a second-team all-state Class 3A selection by the AP and a second-team all-state in Classes 3A/4A by the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association. He led Dixon to a 28-2 record and a regional finals appearance in 2014-15. Roby averaged 12.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.6 steals and 3.7 blocks per game as a junior, highlighted by a triple-double of 23 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots in one game. As a sophomore, Roby showed his all-around game, averaging 10.6 points, 8.7 rebounds, 3.1 blocks, 2.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game in helping the school improve from three to 23 wins and earn the school’s first district title since 1986. He played AAU ball for the Quad City Elite and coach Logan Wynn, and also saw time with the Spiece Indy Heat in the EYBL.
In addition to his basketball exploits, Roby lettered twice in track and placed fourth in the high jump in the Illinois Class 2A meet in 2016. Isaiah committed to Nebraska in October of 2014, and also looked at Iowa, Georgia and Creighton among numerous schools.
Isaiah is the son of Danielle and Roderick Roby and was born on Feb. 3, 1998, in Dixon, Ill. He has four brothers, Donovan, Ellis, Drew and Kordae. Isaiah majors in business administration at Nebraska.