Nebraska without injured Anton Gill, Isaiah Roby to open basketball practice

Anton Gill, left, sat out last season after transferring from Louisville and will miss the start of Nebraska basketball practice.

LINCOLN — Nebraska will open men’s basketball practice next week with two of the top seven players in its expected early rotation sidelined by injury.

Freshman forward Isaiah Roby and junior guard Anton Gill remain “on the shelf’’ from normal basketball activity because of chronic pain issues, NU coach Tim Miles said Monday.

The 6-foot-8, 214-pound Roby, from Dixon, Illinois, has been sidelined since mid-July with a “stress reaction’’ in his pelvis. MRI testing shows improvement, Miles said.

Gill, a 6-3, 195-pound transfer from Louisville, has been slowed by chronic knee tendinitis for months, which led to a halt to basketball activities in late August. He has undergone a medical procedure to counter the pain.

“I hope we can ease those guys into practice the second or third week after we get going,’’ Miles said. “That would give them about a month before we play a game.’’

Nebraska plays its lone exhibition game Nov. 7 against Chadron State, and opens the regular season at home Nov. 13 against Sacramento State.

Roby was rated a four-star recruit and was eighth in voting for Illinois’ Mr. Basketball in 2016. As a senior, he averaged 19.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 3.9 blocks.

Gill, originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, played two seasons at Louisville before transferring. He was a national Top 50 recruit in the Class of 2013, averaging 28.2 points and 5.3 rebounds a game at Hargrave Military Academy.

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