Iowa vs. Nebraska, 3.10

Nebraska's Isaiah Roby (14) drives to the hoop against Iowa's Ryan Kriener on March 10 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Let's cut to the chase and take a summer drive.

1. It wouldn't be an NFL or NBA Draft without some post-draft grades.

The NBA Draft was last Thursday, and of course, the draft grades followed in the following hours and days. Those handing out the grades seemed to like the Dallas Mavericks' selection of Nebraska's Isaiah Roby.

Here is a sample:

Gary Parrish, CBS Sports (Grade: B): "Roby was one of the big risers at the NBA Combine because of his ability to put the ball on the floor and shoot it from the perimeter. He should fill a need for Dallas and give them someone with major upside in time."

Kyle Boone, CBS Sports (B-): "Mark Cuban's been around the block. He knows what he's doing. And by trading the No. 37 pick to Detroit in exchange for No. 45 and two future second-rounders, it's pretty obvious who won the draft day deal. (Hint: His name rhymes with Clark Rubin.) The Mavs got a player I had an early second-round grade on in Isaiah Roby with the pick they acquired, and he can fill a role in their frontcourt as early as next season."

NBADraft.net (B-): "Roby would not have been a giant reach to take at 37 but the Mavericks squeezed some additional value out of their original pick and landed a wing player who shows a lot of upside, particularly as a defender. He’s not going to be someone who can make a huge impact right away due to his limited offensive game but he has solid physical tools, can guard multiple positions, and may find a place as a defensive specialist off the bench."

Sporting News (C+): "Roby's an intriguing second-round flier. He's a rangy defender who excels at generating blocks and steals. He's also an above-average athlete. Whether he develops into a useful NBA player will depend on if the jump shot comes along."

2. We transition from a former Husker in Roby to a possible future Husker in Jasen Green.

The Millard North sophomore-to-be was offered a basketball scholarship over the weekend, becoming the first instate player to be offered a scholarship by Fred Hoiberg. He's 6-foot-6, 205 pounds and still growing.

Green, who averaged 7.1 points and 4.8 rebounds per game as a freshman, is the second Mustang with a Husker offer, joining 2021 recruit Hunter Sallis.

3. The Millard North boys, by the way, are going to be very, very good.

It has at least three Division I-caliber players on the roster, and Green wasn't the only Mustang to have a big recruiting weekend.

Max Murrell, a 2020 6-9 power forward, received DI offers from Drake, Indiana State, Jacksonville State, Virginia Tech, Missouri State, Loyola Chicago, Kansas State and Creighton. And that was on Sunday.

Clearly, Murrell had a big weekend playing with the Nebraska select team that competed in the Midwest Showcase this past weekend in the Kansas City area.

On Monday, Murrell picked up his first Big Ten offer, from Minnesota.

4. Michigan's improbable run to the College World Series final has been well-documented. The Wolverines were a strike away from going 0-2 in the Big Ten Tournament and missing the NCAAs completely. Now they're two wins from a national title.

Which brings us to Nebraska, which beat Michigan three out of five meetings. On Thursday, Will Bolt was asked about the next step for the Husker baseball program after three NCAA regional appearances in four years under Darin Erstad.

For Bolt, the next step is extending the baseball season at Haymarket Park into June.

"I think the NCAA would like to have a regionals here," Bolt said. "They've seen the kind of draws that we've had in the past, they like to kind of spread out the regional hosts a little bit, having some northern teams host.

"That's the difference between one or two games a year, honestly. That's really what it comes down to. If you really want to break it down to the most fundamental thing, it's taking care of the game that's in front of you. If you can do that so many times throughout the year, you're going to have a 40-win season, or 42-win season. That's the next step here, is to play home games. Fill Hawks Field."

5. There are a thousand ways to fix, tweak and analyze a baseball swing. Same goes for the mechanics of pitching.

And yet, it can be a simple game.

Asked what was the biggest thing he learned watching Texas A&M coach Rob Childress, Jeff Christy stressed how Childress talked to his players.

"I think a lot of times with Coach Childress is how he competes with people and how he communicates with players, because it's not always a mechanical issue, it's not always a thing that needs to be fixed from that side of it," NU's new pitching coach said. "Sometimes it's just how you talk to guys and how you turn on that relationship that can get guys to play better."

6. Could we soon see former Husker Kyle Kubat in the majors?

Kubat made his first Triple-A start this weekend for Charlotte (Chicago White Sox), and the lefty struck out six and walked none in five innings of work.

Kubat, 27, earned the win thanks to some heat, and some tight dance moves, from the Knights' closer.

Reach the writer at 402-473-2639 or cgrell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSSportsGrell.


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