DIXON, Ill. (WIFR) The City of Dixon could not wait to party with Isaiah Roby. A parade through downtown and a rally at the Public Safety Building was held for the former Dukes hoops star Friday night.
Thursday, Roby became the first player from Dixon to be drafted to the NBA. The second all-time leader scorer in Dixon High School history will begin his Dallas Mavericks career July 5 against the Brooklyn Nets in the Las Vegas Summer League.
But before he leaves for the Sin City, Roby made sure to hang out with the city that raised him.
"This is awesome. I mean, coming from a small town, this is the type of support you get," Roby said gratefully. "I wouldn't have it any other way."
Dixon city councilman Mike Venier said Roby's mother called at 8 a.m. to see if the city could put something together to celebrate his accomplishment. Venier said he worked with the Dixon police and fire departments to figure out a parade route and spread the word.
"He said that he will always call Dixon is home. He won't forget his roots," said Venier.
Roby told the crowd of at least 200 that he was asleep when his mother told him about the event.
"I did not think it was going to be like this," said Roby. "That just goes to show the amount of support I have here in Dixon and how together this community really is."