Isaiah Roby became the highest drafted Nebraska men’s basketball player in 21 years, as he was a second-round selection during Thursday’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Roby was originally picked by the Detroit Pistons before his rights were traded to the Dallas Mavericks.
Roby, a 6-foot-8 forward from Dixon, Ill., was taken with the No. 45 overall pick, becoming the 27th Husker basketball player drafted and the first since
Venson Hamilton in 1999. At No. 45, he was the highest Husker selected since Tryonn Lue was the No. 23 overall pick in 1998. Roby is just the sixth
Husker basketball player selected in the first two rounds of the NBA Draft, joining Marvin Stewart (2nd, 1971), Rich King (1st, 1991), Eric Piatkowski
(1st, 1994), Lue (1st, 1998) and Hamilton (2nd, 1999).
Roby was a mainstay in the Husker lineup for the past three years, helping the Huskers to consecutive postseason appearances in 2017-18 and 2018-19. He
totaled 786 points, 530 rebounds and 154 blocked shots during his Husker career, as he finished sixth in school history in blocked shots.
He enjoyed a breakout 2018-19 campaign as Nebraska won 19 games and reached the second round of the NIT. Roby established career highs in scoring (11.8
ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists (1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game. He made 35 starts last season and finished
among the Big Ten leaders in blocked shots (third), steals (ninth) and rebounding (14th). Roby was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in
the conference in both blocked shots and steals. Roby tallied three double-doubles – all in Big Ten action - and had a career high 28 points in Nebraska’s
first-round NIT win over Butler. It was one of five 20-point games during his junior campaign. Roby’s 66 blocked shots tied for ninth in school history,
and he joined Hamilton (1997-98 and 1998-99), as the only Huskers to put together consecutive seasons of at least 50 blocked shots and 50 assists.
Roby moved into the starting lineup midway through his sophomore season, sparking the Huskers to a 10-2 Big Ten finish, as Nebraska set a school record
with 13 conference wins on its way to a 22-11 mark. He averaged 8.7 points and a team-high 6.3 rebounds per game while ranking fourth in the Big Ten
in blocked shots at 2.0 per game. He also shot 40 percent from 3-point range, including 52 percent in conference action. Roby had four double-doubles
as a sophomore, including three in conference play.
Roby will begin his professional career next month in the Las Vegas Summer League from July 5-15.
Nebraska fans wishing to become a season ticket holder are encouraged to do so before Monday, June 24 by visiting Huskers.com. Currently, a limited number of season tickets for Nebraska’s outstanding 2019 home schedule remain, but those sales will close at 8 a.m. on Monday, June 24.
The remaining ticket inventory will be sold on a single-game basis for games with tickets available. Purchasing a season ticket by Monday morning will be the only way for fans to guarantee a ticket to Husker games against Ohio State, Wisconsin and Iowa. The remaining tickets are located throughout Memorial Stadium and are expected to sell quickly, so fans are encouraged to act fast. Tickets may be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets or by calling 1-800-8-BIG RED. Prices for single-game tickets vary by game and start as low as $60. The 2019 home schedule at Memorial Stadium is one of the best in recent years, featuring games against Big Ten Champion Ohio State, and West Division rivals Iowa, Northwestern and Wisconsin.
Nebraska Baseball Head Coach Will Bolt announced the addition of Jeff Christy and Lance Harvell to his coaching staff on Wednesday. Christy will serve as the pitching coach for the Huskers, while Harvell will be the hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
Christy, who played a key role on Nebraska’s 2005 College World Series team, brings nine years of collegiate coaching experience to the Husker staff.
“I am excited to bring Jeff and his family back home to Lincoln,” Bolt said. “I’ve been able to coach with Jeff for five seasons and have seen first-hand his knowledge and passion for the game and recruiting. His experiences as a player and coach will allow him to excel in handling a pitching staff and developing pitchers here at Nebraska.”
Christy spent the last two seasons as a volunteer assistant coach at Texas A&M under former NU assistant Rob Childress. The Aggies qualified for NCAA Regionals during both seasons, winning 40 games in 2018 and 39 games in 2019.
Before his time in College Station, Christy spent two years as an assistant coach at Central Oklahoma and helped the Bronchos to a 67-43-1 record during that span. In 2017, Central Oklahoma went 37-21-1 and advanced to the NCAA Division II Central Regional final after taking runner-up honors at the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association conference tournament.
Christy served as a volunteer assistant at Nebraska from 2012 to 2015 on Darin Erstad’s staff. The Huskers qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2014, the team’s first appearance since 2008. NU took runner-up honors in the Big Ten in 2013 and 2014, and qualified for the conference tournament during all four years when Christy was on staff. The Huskers made it to the championship game of the Big Ten Tournament in 2013 and 2014.
Christy spent the 2011 season as a volunteer assistant at Wichita State. The Shockers went 39-26 overall and made it to the championship game of the Missouri Valley Tournament.
During his playing days, Christy was drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the sixth round of the 2006 MLB Draft. He reached Triple-A in 2008 and 2009, playing for the Rochester Red Wings. Christy spent the 2010 season with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association and was named an All-Star.
A two-year letterwinner for the Huskers, Christy caught a school-record 64 games as a junior in 2005 to help NU earn a spot in the College World Series and win a school-record 57 games. In 2006, he earned honorable-mention All-Big 12 honors and helped NU to 42 wins and a No. 6 national seed. Prior to his Husker career, Christy played at Barton County Community College and was a first-team All-Jayhawk League selection in 2004 and an honorable-mention pick in 2003.
Christy earned his bachelor’s degree from Nebraska in December 2008. He and his wife, Michelle, were married in 2007 and have three children, Quinn, Griffin and Stella.
“I am extremely excited to be coming back to Nebraska,” Christy said. “This University holds a special place in my heart and can’t thank Coach Bolt and the University enough for this opportunity. I am ready to get to work and excited to meet the players.”
Lance HarvellHarvell has spent the last five seasons at Sam Houston State as the team’s assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.
“I feel very fortunate that Lance and his family have joined us in Lincoln,” Bolt said. “Lance brings a wealth of experience and excellence both on the coaching and recruiting side of the game and will be a tremendous asset to our staff. He has coached and recruited some of the best offenses in the nation and I look forward to seeing his continued success for the Huskers.”
During Harvell’s time at Sam Houston State, the Bearkats captured four Southland Conference regular-season titles and qualified for the NCAA Tournament in 2016 and 2017. Harvell established himself as the top recruiting coordinator in the Southland Conference by D1Baseball.com in 2016.
Sam Houston State enjoyed a Division I program-record 44-win season in 2017 to advance to its first-ever NCAA Super Regional. The Bearkats stormed through the Southland Conference Tournament with four consecutive wins to capture the crown and earn an automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament. In the Lubbock Regional, the team knocked off No. 5 Texas Tech twice and won both of its games against 16th-ranked Arizona to earn a spot in the Tallahassee Super Regional.
In 2016, the Bearkats swept the Southland regular-season and tournament titles to earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Sam Houston State went 42-22 overall and posted a 24-6 mark in conference play.
Harvell spent two years as the volunteer assistant at Louisiana in 2013 and 2014. Harvell helped guide the Ragin' Cajuns to national prominence and the best offense in the country two straight years. The 2014 team finished the season with a 58-10 record, the third-best record in NCAA history, and the best record and most wins in school and Sun Belt Conference history. At the end of the regular season, the Cajuns were the consensus No. 1 team by every poll, earned the No. 6 national seed and led the nation with three first-team All-Americans. The Cajuns offense finished in the top three nationally in 26 of the 29 offensive categories.
Harvell spent three years at Texarkana College, including two under Bolt, as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator from 2010 to 2012. In his time at Texarkana, the Bulldogs produced some of the best offenses in their conference and region in terms of production, leading the conference in batting in 2011 and 2012.
Harvell spent the 2008 and 2009 seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Texas A&M. During the 2009 season he was the team's strength and conditioning coach. In 2008, he served as the pitching assistant, helping the Aggies to a Big 12 regular-season crown, NCAA Regional title and an NCAA Super Regional berth.
During his playing days, Harvell walked on at Texas A&M in 2005 and 2006 after leading Richland Community College to back-to-back NJCAA national titles in 2003 and 2004.
Harvell earned his bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M in 2006 and his master’s degree in 2009. He and his wife, Courtney, have one son, Bodie.
“This is such a great opportunity for me and my family,” Harvell said. “The University of Nebraska has such a proud baseball tradition and I feel very blessed to be able to be a part of that. Coach Bolt and Coach Christy, having played and coached here, have blood, sweat and tears invested into this program. Their passion for Nebraska baseball is contagious and our expectations are high. I’m excited to hit the ground running and get to work with them and our players.”
Huskers to Face Washington State in Cayman Islands Classic Opener
Lincoln – Nebraska will face Washington State in the opening round of the Cayman Islands Classic, as the tournament bracket was released was released Wednesday afternoon by Caymax Sports LTD.
The Huskers will face Washington State in its quarterfinal matchup on Monday, Nov. 25, at 6:30 p.m. (Central) at John Gray Gymnasium, just minutes away
from world famous Seven Mile Beach. It will be a matchup of new coaches as the Huskers are led by Fred Hoiberg, while Washington State is coached by
Kyle Smith, who was hired after leading San Francisco to three straight 20-win seasons. The Cougars are led by CJ Elleby, who averaged 14.7 points
and 7.1 rebounds per game.
Nebraska has won six of eight meetings between the schools, but the November matchup will be the first meeting since the 1998-99 season. The winner of
the NU-WSU game will play either Old Dominion or George Mason the following evening. The other first-round matchups and times include Colorado State-New
Mexico State (10 a.m. CT), Loyola-South Florida (12:30 p.m. CT) and George Mason-Old Dominion (4 p.m. CT).
Semifinal round games are slated for 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. (CT), while Tuesday’s consolation bracket will play at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. (CT).
The seventh-place game will open the final day of competition on Wednesday, Nov. 27 starting at 10 a.m. (CT), followed by the fifth-place game (12:30 p.m.
CT), third-place game (4 p.m. CT) and title game (6:30 p.m. CT) to crown the Cayman Islands Classic champion.
Five of the eight teams reached postseason play in 2018-19, as New Mexico State and Old Dominion advanced to the 2019 NCAA Tournament, while Loyola of
Chicago and Nebraska played in the NIT and South Florida captured the 2019 College Basketball Invitational championship.
Fans can purchase tickets online at www.caymanislandsclassic.
Roby Highlights Huskers’ Pro Prospects
Lincoln – Husker basketball players Isaiah Roby and James Palmer Jr. have been crossing the country over the past month as they prepare for the start of their start of their professional careers.
The NBA Draft takes place at the Barclays Center Brooklyn on Thursday night starting at 6 p.m. (central). The event will be carried live on ESPN.
Roby has worked out for nearly a dozen teams during the pre-draft process, and most of the NBA Drafts have the 6-foot-8 forward pegged as a second-round
pick. Of the seven mock drafts linked by NBA.com, Roby is listed in six of them, with projections ranging from 36th to 46th overall.
If Roby is picked in that range, he would be the highest Husker taken in the NBA Draft since Tyronn Lue in 1998.
A three-year performer for the Huskers, Roby turned in a solid junior campaign, as he set career highs in scoring (11.8 ppg), rebounding (6.9 rpg), assists
(1.9 apg) and steals (1.3 spg), while averaging 1.9 blocks per game. He was the only Big Ten player to rank in the top 10 in the conference in both
steals and blocked shots, and Roby became just the second person in school history to have at least 50 steals and blocks in consecutive seasons.
Palmer has worked out for eight teams (Minnesota, Dallas, Philadelphia, Charlotte, Portland, Memphis, Golden State and Los Angeles Lakers) over the last
three weeks. If he is not drafted Thursday, he would be a strong candidate to play in the NBA Summer League, following in the footsteps of recent Huskers
Terran Petteway, Andrew White III, Shavon Shields and Tai Webster.
Palmer was a two-time All-Big Ten performer, averaging 18.5 points per game during his Husker career to rank second on NU’s career scoring chart. As a
senior, he averaged 19.7 points, 4.2 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game to earn all-district and All-Big Ten honors. Earlier this spring,
he played in the Reese's College All-Star Game and was named to the Portsmouth Invitational All-Tournament team.
Glynn Watson Jr. is the third Husker who could make an NBA Summer League roster, as he finished his career with 1,531 points and ranked in the top 10 on
NU career lists in steals (177, fourth), assists (382, seventh) and 3-pointers (184, fourth). As a senior, he started all 36 games and averaged a career-high
13.6 points per game along with 4.1 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game. He worked out for Sacramento earlier this month.
Isaac Copeland Jr. continues his rehab after tearing his ACL in January against Ohio State, and hopes to return to the court later this year to begin his professional career. Prior to his injury, Copeland averaged 14.0 points and 5.4 rebounds per game and was second on the Huskers in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots (0.9 bpg). The 6-foot-9 forward from Raleigh, N.C., started 53 straight games in his two years at Nebraska before the injury.
The Nebraska women's basketball team will play a marquee opponent on its home court at Pinnacle Bank Arena, when the Big Red battle the Duke Blue Devils in the B1G/ACC Challenge in December.
The clash between the Huskers and Blue Devils on Wednesday, Dec. 4, marks the first announcement of a game in Nebraska's upcoming 2019-20 season schedule. It will also be the third overall meeting between Nebraska and Duke in history, with the most recent coming as part of the B1G/ACC Challenge on Dec. 3, 2014, at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Huskers won that challenge match-up, 60-54. Duke won the first meeting in the 2013 NCAA Sweet Sixteen in Norfolk, Va., with a hard-fought 53-45 victory.
Both Nebraska and Duke have rich postseason traditions. The Huskers have made 14 NCAA Tournament appearances since 1988, including six since 2010 with their most recent appearance in 2018. The Blue Devils have earned 24 all-time NCAA Tournament bids, including eight since 2010 with their most recent trip to the Big Dance in 2018.
The Huskers and Blue Devils are both poised to be teams on the rise in 2019-20. Last year, Duke finished with a 15-15 overall record that included a 6-10 ACC mark. The Huskers went 14-16 overall and 9-9 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska returns all but one player from its 2019-20 roster, including four freshmen who combined for 893 points last season. It was the most points scored by a Husker freshman class since 1981-82, while the quartet (Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Kayla Mershon, Ashtyn Veerbeek) played the third-most minutes (2,222) of any freshman class in Nebraska women's basketball history.
The Huskers also return two-time All-Big Ten guard Hannah Whitish. The senior from Barneveld, Wis., needs just 34 points to become the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history. Fellow senior and three-year starter Nicea Eliely will add more experience for the Big Red, along with seniors Grace Mitchell and Kristian Hudson and juniors Taylor Kissinger and Kate Cain. Kissinger (Minden, Neb.) finished fourth in the nation by knocking down 45.6 percent (62-136) of her three-point attempts last season.
Incoming freshmen Isabelle Bourne, Trinity Brady and Makenzie Helms are also set to help the Huskers in 2019-20.
The Blue Devils return a trio of double-digit scorers from a year ago, led by first-team All-ACC guard Haley Gorecki. The 6-0 senior-to-be averaged team bests of 17.2 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.6 steals per game for Duke last season. She will be joined by fellow senior Leaonna Odom (13.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg) and sophomore Miela Goodchild (10.9 ppg), who earned All-ACC Freshman honors in 2018-19.
Goodchild, who will be a teammate of Husker freshman Isabelle Bourne on the Australian National Team at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup this July in Bangkok, Thailand, shot a solid 44.5 percent (73-164) from three-point range for the Blue Devils a year ago to rank sixth in NCAA Division I in that category to finish just two spots behind Nebraska's Taylor Kissinger in the national rankings.
Nebraska's B1G/ACC Challenge game with Duke is the first announced game on the Huskers' 2019-20. More non-conference game dates will be announced soon as contracts are finalized. Visit Huskers.com for the most current schedule information on Nebraska women's basketball. For 2019-20 season ticket information, call 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
North Platte, Neb. (June 14, 2019) – A potential win in North Platte will get Blake Chauvin farther down the road.
The Raceland, Louisiana cowboy had a time of 7.8 seconds in the tie-down roping during the third night of the Buffalo Bill Rodeo, to tie for the lead in the second round in his event.
He rode a thirteen year old sorrel mare named Sister, who he purchased a year ago. The mare has been a blessing, he said. “She always works good, scores good, stops and pulls,” Chauvin said. Sister has her moments, though. “She’s a nag,” he said. “She can be mean sometimes, and sometimes she’s just the coolest horse to be around. It’s mood swings, I guess.”
A 2018 high school graduate, Chauvin, who is nineteen years old, began pro rodeo as soon as high school was over. He’s rodeoing fulltime, and a check from the Buffalo Bill Rodeo will help get him farther down the road.
But rodeo was not his first love. His granddad, Ridley Chauvin, was a tie-down roper and wanted his grandson to rope. Blake was not interested, choosing football instead. When he was fourteen years old, he got on a good horse and picked up a rope, and was hooked. “Grandpa roped calves all his life, and growing up, he always wanted me to rope. I didn’t want to rope at first. I just wanted to play football.” Once he started, “I’ve loved it since.”
Chauvin did well through the winter, rodeoing in the southeastern part of the U.S. The summer has been slow, though. “I’ve had a little rough start to the summer,” he said. The potential win in North Platte will get him started. “I had to get things going,” he said.
Like many other cowboys, Chauvin would someday like to qualify for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo and be like twenty-four time world champion Trevor Brazile. “That’s everybody’s goal, to be the next Trevor Brazile. He’s a great guy. That’s every cowboy’s dream, to be like him.”
And the first phone call he makes after he’s done roping is to his granddad Ridley and grandma Joanna. “He tells me to call him as soon as I’m done roping,” Chauvin said. Chauvin sends videos of his runs to Joanna, who shows the videos to Ridley, because Ridley’s phone is a flip phone.
Chauvin will not place in the average; on his first run during slack earlier in the week, he did not make a qualified run.
Other fast times and high scores from the Friday night performance are bareback rider Mason Clements, Draper, Utah (82 points); steer wrestlers Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. (4.2 seconds each); saddle bronc rider Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. (87 points); team ropers Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. (5.3 seconds); and barrel racer Shali Lord, Lamar Colo. (17.44 seconds). No bull riders made qualified rides tonight.
The final night of rodeo in North Platte wraps up on Saturday, June 15 when champions will be crowned and custom engraved buckles awarded to winners. The big rodeo parade takes place on Saturday at 1 pm. NebraskalandDays continues with more activities through June 22. The celebration wraps up next weekend with concerts by Jake Owen and special guests the Casey Donahew Band and the Whiskey Bent Band (June 21) and Kane Brown with special guests Lindsay Ell and Travis Denning (June 22).
For more information, visit www.NEBRASKAlandDays.com.
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Results, 3rd Performance June 14, 2019
North Platte, Nebraska – Buffalo Bill Rodeo
1. Mason Clements, Draper, Utah 82 points on Nutrena’s Little Jet; 2. (tie) Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. and Blaine Kaufman, Pretty Prairie, Kan. 81 each; 4. Cauy Pool, Bonanza, Ore. 78.5.
2nd go round
1. (tie) Denell Henderson, Damascus, Ark. and Tanner Brunner, Ramona, Kan. 4.2 seconds each; 3. Jon Herl, Goodland, Kan. 4.5; 4. Sam Powers, Sonora, Texas 4.6.
Tie Down Roping
2nd go round
1. Blake Chauvin, Raceland, La. 7.8 seconds; 2. Todd Brown, Lamar, Colo. 9.3; 3. Morgan Murray, Colorado Springs, Colo. 13.0; 4. L.D. Meier, Limon, Colo. 23.5.
Saddle bronc riding
1. Shorty Garrett, Eagle Butte, S.D. 87 points on Nutrena’s Little Angel; 2. Brody Cress, Hillsdale, Wyo.81; 3. Cody Martin, Eagle, Colo. 80.5; 4. Steven Dent, Mullen, Neb. 79.
1. Bubba Buckaloo, Kingston, Okla./Shay Dixon Carroll, La Junta, Colo. 5.3 seconds; 2. Jay Tittel, Pueblo, Colo./Richard Durham, Henrietta, Texas 6.1; 3. Denton Taylor, Craig, Colo./Dusty Taylor, Craig, Colo. 6.6; 4. Travis Bounds, Clifton, Colo./T.J. Watts, Eads, Colo. 6.7.
1. Shali Lord, Lamar, Colo. 17.44; 2. Deb Cox, Mullen, 18.06; 3. Gayle White, Dickens, Neb. 18.12; 4. Jeanne Anderson, White City, Kan. 18.59.
No qualified rides.
** All results are unofficial.
One of the catalysts in Nebraska baseball’s rise to national prominence in his playing days, Will Bolt returns to his alma mater as head coach. Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos named Bolt the 24th head coach of the Husker baseball program on Friday.
Bolt brings 16 years of coaching experience to the Nebraska program, including five seasons on the Husker baseball staff and four years as a head coach at Texarkana College.
Bolt served as Nebraska’s Associate Head Coach under Darin Erstad from 2012 to 2014 and also was a volunteer assistant on the 2005 Husker team that reached the College World Series. As a player or coach, Bolt has been a part of all three of Nebraska’s College World Series teams and all four Super Regional squads.
Bolt returns to Lincoln after spending the past five seasons on the Texas A&M staff where he helped the Aggies to five straight NCAA regional appearances and a trip to the 2017 College World Series.
“The opportunity to come back home to Nebraska and lead the Husker baseball program is such a blessing and honor for my family and me,” Bolt said. “It is such an exciting time in Husker athletics with the foundation laid by Bill Moos within the athletic department, and the success Coach Erstad and staff have had on the field.
“My family and I have the fondest affection for the Huskers and the city of Lincoln, and truly cannot wait to become part of the Husker family again!”
The native of Conroe, Texas, had his first association with the Nebraska program as a player for the Huskers from 1999 to 2002. A member of Dave Van Horn’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, Bolt played on four NCAA regional teams and captained the Huskers’ first two College World Series teams in 2001 and 2002. Bolt finished his Husker playing career with school records in games played (251), games started (242), at-bats (922), hits (281), doubles (56) and assists (639).
“Will Bolt has been a winner at every stop he has made as a coach and player, and I am proud to welcome him back to Lincoln as our next head baseball coach,” Moos said. “Will was a part of the most successful teams in the history of our baseball program, and he knows what it takes to win here.
“Will has proven to be an outstanding recruiter wherever he has coached. He understands the appeal of Nebraska and everything our baseball program and University has to offer to student-athletes.”
Bolt and his wife, Lauren, have two sons, Jaxon and Austin, and one daughter, Bella. Bolt has signed a five-year contract that will pay him $300,000 annually.