Nebraska vs. Wisconsin basketball

Nebraska's Isaiah Roby (15) drives against Wisconsin's Khalil Iverson (21) during the first half of a Big Ten Tournament quarterfinal in March in Chicago.

Nebraska men's basketball coach Fred Hoiberg got his first taste of life in the "Sports Nightly" chair Thursday, making his first appearance on the Nebraska athletics radio show.

Among the topics Hoiberg covered during his hour on the air was Isaiah Roby's preparation for workouts with NBA teams.

Hoiberg said he's spent a lot of time with Roby since getting to Lincoln. The junior forward announced earlier this spring he would test the NBA waters before making a decision whether to return to school.

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The arrival of Hoiberg, with his NBA experience as a player, executive and head coach, has been a help in that regard.

"First of all, I know all the people that he's going to be seeing here these next five, six weeks as he determines what's going to happen with his future," Hoiberg said.

The coach said he's put Roby through several individual workouts, with an emphasis on the two-on-two and three-on-three drills he'll see when he works out for certain teams. He also said Roby is taking advantage of the rule change that allows college players to hire an agent in an advisory role in the work-through process while retaining their college eligibility.

That's another step on college players being able to make an informed decision, which is nothing but a good thing, Hoiberg said.

"He's got a great one that's going to help him through this process. And it's all about gathering as much information as possible and then making the best decision for his future and for the future of his family," Hoiberg said. "But it's an exciting time. I told him to try and enjoy it as much as possible. Hopefully it goes great for him and he can move on with his career. If not, obviously we're more than happy to have him back. He is a heck of a player and talent, and he's got a very bright future."

While many projections have Roby as a fringe draft prospect, all it takes is a good bit of timing, Hoiberg said.

"All it takes is one team. If you go out there and kill a couple workouts or you go play well in the combine if you're lucky enough to get invited, that's something for the kid that's very advantageous," Hoiberg said. 

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One thing not advantageous, at least for college programs, is the window college players have to make their decision. This year's deadline is May 29, which is 12 days before the Huskers start summer workouts.

"I wish they'd shorten the window a little bit, because it is tough on the program," Hoiberg said. "So you really have to manage your roster and figure out what your scholarship situation is going to look like moving forward."

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Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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