LINCOLN — If Isaiah Roby’s on-court gains this basketball season match the offseason improvements he’s made to his body, Nebraska has much to look forward to from the sophomore wing.

A recent picture on social media showing Roby’s far-more-noticeable bicep definition drew attention. Teammate Jordy Tshimanga, who was home at the time the picture went up, said he didn’t recognize at first that it was Roby.

Jack McVeigh, Roby’s roommate and team cut-up, said, “I think he’s injecting something.” (That’s a joke, folks.)

Roby smiled at those comments, just happy that he’s finally able to work himself into full basketball shape and beyond.

An injury diagnosed last July as a pelvic stress reaction that led to hip and lower abdominal pain sidetracked the 6-foot-8 four-star recruit’s development as he was forced to sit until early November.

“Last summer was terrible,” Roby said. “It was like struggle to struggle. Everybody else was getting better and I was just watching.

“They said I could have fractured my hip and been out for 10 months, so we had to really be careful. And during the season I still had some pain, so they didn’t want to push. Just playing was enough.”

Last year, Roby came to Lincoln at about 185 pounds. He recently stepped off the scale of strength coach Tim Wilson at 220.

“Coach Wilson and I have been doing a lot,” Roby said. “Last year, I couldn’t lift with my legs at all. Lifting legs and arms this time, I’ve put on a lot of weight.

“I can’t wait to continue this. This is a lot of fun.”

Through the pain last season, Roby showed flashes of what Nebraska coach Tim Miles wants him to do, which is fill the stat sheet through his versatility.

In NU’s 70-69 overtime loss to Wisconsin, Roby’s line in 15 minutes before fouling out: four points, eight rebounds, three blocks and two steals. For the season, he averaged 3.1 points and 2.9 rebounds.

With the strength Roby has gained, his confidence has zoomed, especially the days that he and McVeigh work out with the 6-11, 275-pound Tshimanga, 6-8, 230-pound transfer Duby Okeke and 6-9, 220-pound transfer Isaac Copeland.

“I know Jordy is a big guy, but he doesn’t feel that big to me now,” Roby said. “And Duby is a big guy, but I feel I can hold my own.”

Roby and McVeigh work one week with the shooting guards and small forwards, and the next with the power forwards and centers.

“We want to be able to play both spots,” Roby said. “If we play me and Jack at the same time or us two with Isaac, somebody is going to get mismatched somewhere. We’ll be able to take advantage of that.”

Fulfilling roles set for veteran players and finding roles for newcomers such as Okeke and freshmen guards Thomas Allen and Nana Akenten feels ahead of schedule, Roby said.

“Duby does what Coach Miles says, and he does it well — shot-blocker, defender, post guy,” Roby said. “Nana and Thomas can shoot. We learned that early. From the first open gym, we could see they can shoot.

“This team is going to be a lot of fun. We’re going to be a fast-paced team. We have the athletes to do it.”

Talk of newfound hope is common in summer workouts, Roby acknowledged, especially on a team like Nebraska that went 12-19.

“Our season wasn’t very good, but I don’t think our record showed what kind of team we could be,” he said. “We have to prove people wrong. Everybody will count us out.

“But we’re tired of losing. This is a big year for everybody.”

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