Isaiah Roby's decision to forego his senior season for the NBA Draft paid off on Tuesday.
Paid off real well.
The 6-foot-8 Roby — drafted 45th overall to the Dallas Mavericks — signed a four-year, $6.7 million contract, according to ESPN.
Roby will be paid $1.5 million his rookie season, which according to ESPN, is the largest first-year salary in NBA History for a second round draft pick.
As a junior, Roby averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. He shot 47% from the floor and 33% from 3-point range. In June, Roby became the first Husker taken in the NBA Draft in 20 years
From Dixon, Illinois, Roby was only on his varsity high school basketball team as a freshman because 13 players tried out. He found a starting spot as a sophomore, but wasn't heavily recruited until his junior season. And he was only recruited to Nebraska because head coach Tim Miles accidentally found him on a back gym during a tournament in Michigan.
After one minute of watching Roby, former Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was all in.
"Just kinda the puppy-dog look, the big paws and the frame, and you just see him loping around out there, and I remember thinking, ‘This guy is gonna be a load', ” Miles told The World-Herald in June.
During a recruiting visit, Miles told Roby he wanted him to be his first NBA Draft pick.
That came to fruition on June 20th, when Roby's name was called in the second round.
“It was cool, it was a dream come true," Roby told The World-Herald days after the draft. "I couldn’t be happier with my situation in Dallas, and I’m excited to get out there and get to work.”