Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson had quite an impressive 2011-2012 season. After playing in a reserve role for the Jayhawks his first two years the 6’9″, 237 lb Robinson flourished as a starter this season, averaging 17.9 ppg and 11.8 rpg while leading the Jayhawks to the national championship game. Robinson was also named a unanimous All-American and was runner up to Anthony Davis for player of the year awards.
According to Kansas head coach Bill Self, Robinson will forego his senior year and enter the NBA draft. Robinson’s departure was generally expected by many given his personal history. Robinson lost his mother and both grandparents in a month’s span last season, and turning pro would allow Robinson to care for his younger sister.
Robinson’s motor, strength and toughness have many scouts projecting him to be selected in the top-5 picks of this year’s draft. Robinson impressed this season by showing the ability to step away from the basket and knock down the 15-foot jumper and also flashed some nice ball handling skills. It would be a shock if Robinson’s name was not among the first called by David Stern in June.