If he wasn't patient before, freshman forward Isaiah Roby has certainly learned the fine art of waiting since joining the Nebraska basketball program.

In early July, before he could even really get his NCAA Division I career started, the four-star, national top-100 recruit was diagnosed with a stress reaction in his pelvis. The pain had bothered him since high school, but the cause was only discovered after he got to Lincoln.

The only cure was sitting out. And waiting. Waiting until the end of last week, to be more specific. Now cleared for all activities, Roby still only practices about 30 to 40 minutes each day while finishing his recovery.

"It's probably the longest I sat out from basketball since I started playing basketball, so it was rough," Roby said Wednesday at the team's annual photo and media day. "I got set back even from where I was before I got here. And just being thrown in to playing against Division I basketball players, it was kind of rough."

Things figure to get smoother for the talented 6-foot-8, 218-pound native of Dixon, Illinois, who blossomed after committing to Nebraska before his junior season. He averaged 19.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.9 blocked shots as a senior, and Nebraska coach Tim Miles said he won't be afraid to make him a part of a young Huskers rotation.

"Isaiah's got a chance to be a special player at Nebraska. Right now he doesn't know what's going on, and we're playing at a pretty good speed, so it's hard to catch up to that in just a few minutes each practice," Miles said. "But he will still do something each practice where everybody kind of goes 'Oh, jeez, look at that'. Because he can do stuff nobody else can.

"Eventually he'll be one of those guys that is a mainstay in our attack, offensively and defensively."

Roby, with his 7-foot-1 wingspan and ability to play multiple positions, says he's ready for those expectations.

"That's a big reason why I came here. Coach Miles believed in me; all the coaches believed in me," Roby said. "I like living up to challenges so I'm excited for that."


* The Huskers are nearing full strength on the injury front. Besides the return of Roby, junior guard Anton Gill, a Louisville transfer, has been working at full speed after missing most of the last two months because of chronic knee tendinitis. And 6-11 center Jordy Tshimanga, who figures to be another key piece of Miles' rotation, is back on the court after suffering a concussion during practice last week.

* Nebraska will take on Iowa State in a closed-door scrimmage Sunday in Ames. The only people allowed to attend the scrimmage, per NCAA rules, are coaches and players. The NCAA allows these scrimmages to take the place of one exhibition game. Nebraska will play its lone exhibition against Chadron State on Nov. 7 at Pinnacle Bank Arena. 

* The Huskers will be a part of a new event called "Boo at the Bob" set for Thursday at the Devaney Sports Center. Running from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the event, which is free to the public, will provide kids a place to trick or treat while playing interactive games with student-athletes from many of the Huskers' 24 programs. The first 900 kids in costume will receive a free candy bag, color-changing cup and light-up safety bracelet, and the 2016-17 men's basketball poster will be available for fans to pick up.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


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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