Isaiah Roby spent Tuesday in Iowa City. It was a special time with his mother and grandmother walking the pedestrian mall through the Big Ten town.
The trio made its way to the University of Iowa, where the Hawkeye basketball coaches hosted Isaiah on an unofficial visit. The 2016 wing from Dixon (IL) High attended the Black and Gold Blowout in October. Tuesday's stop was more intimate and revealing than his previous trip.
"I thought it was awesome," Roby said. "The town is really nice especially because it's all Hawkeyes fans; not another pro or college team."
Roby watched as two special women in his life experienced the same positive vibe he'd picked up from the Iowa program.
"My mom and grandma liked it," Isaiah said. "They both liked how Coach (Fran) McCaffrey and (Andrew) Francis both kept saying how much of a family they all are and how they take care of their players. They really emphasized maximizing your experience, academically and athletically. They showed how they have the resources to do both of those. They also talked about how I fit into the way they run things."
Roby helped Dixon win its regional and reach the Illinois State playoffs sectional round for the first time in 28 years this past season. The Dukes won at least 20 games for just the third time since 1919 and the first time since '69. They totaled just three wins the previous three seasons combined.
The 6-foot-7, 185-pound Roby fills the statistics sheet. He's long and athletic. He can score from inside and outside and is adept at blocking shots.
Roby likely will receive his first scholarship offer this month as the AAU evaluation period kicks into high gear. The Hawkeyes will be watching.
"They said they would see me at each tournament we go to. They seemed pretty interested because they even said if they weren't really interested they wouldn't be wasting their or my time," Roby said.
IUPUI, Northern Iowa, Northern Illinois, Illinois State, Northwestern, Drake, Creighton and Wisconsin also are monitoring Roby's progress, he said. He expects to visit Illinois State and Northwestern this summer after already stopping at Northern Illinois and Iowa.
"I'm looking to show the coaches how much I've improved defensively and gotten stronger and more confident offensively," Roby said of his July goals.
Roby runs with the Quad City Elite AAU program.