Posted Jun 22 2012 12:18PM - Updated Jun 22 2012 3:54PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Thomas Robinson made a quantum leap during his junior year at Kansas.
He spent Friday morning trying to convince the Charlotte Bobcats that he has even more upside.
Robinson and Connecticut's Andre Drummond worked out for the Bobcats as part of Charlotte's evaluations for the June 28 NBA draft.
The Bobcats own the second pick and are considering several options on the assumption that New Orleans will select Kentucky's Anthony Davis at No. 1.
"I feel I have potential to develop even more as a player," Robinson said. "I still have a high ceiling. I feel I'm nowhere near complete as a player, so I think I have more upside than people think."
Robinson, at 6-9, and the 6-10 Drummond represent intriguing options should the Bobcats decide to take a big man with the No. 2 pick. Earlier this week the team worked out guard Bradley Beal of Florida and small forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky and Harrison Barnes of North Carolina.
Robinson, who played in the shadows of Cole Aldrich and Marcus and Markieff Morris during his first two years at Kansas, blossomed as a junior this past season, averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds. He led the nation with 27 double-doubles and was a first-team AP All-American.
Bobcats officials, including owner Michael Jordan and new coach Mike Dunlap, declined to comment after the workout. But NBA scouts in general like Robinson's explosiveness, his motor, and his rebounding ability.
"I'm a little better off the dribble than people think," Robinson said. "My shot has gotten a lot better since the season was over. I'm learning how to read the defense better than I ever did before, so I'm just learning a different pace of the game and it's helping me."
The Bobcats have four power forwards on the roster: Tyrus Thomas, Eduardo Najera, D.J. White and Derrick Brown.
"I like (the Bobcats') potential," said Robinson, who has also worked out for Cleveland and Washington. "They've got a young point guard in Kemba (Walker) and also a bunch of young players surrounding him. I think they just need a couple more players to get over the hump and I would like to be one of those players. I think I would fit in perfect because the up-tempo game fits me perfect and I can also play in the halfcourt."
Drummond averaged 10 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.7 blocked shots as a freshman for the Huskies.
NBA scouts love his size, strength, length, agility and ability to run the floor, but have concerns about his offensive skills.
He would clearly fill a position of need for the Bobcats, who have only two centers under contract in Byron Mullens and DeSagana Diop.
"I think I would fit in well here," said Drummond, who has also worked out for Cleveland, Washington and Portland. "Wherever I go I think I can come in and run the floor, block shots and defend really well. I think I would fit into the system well here. I know the coach - he was at St. John's - so I'm real familiar with him and I know the playing style he likes."
Joining Drummond and Robinson at Friday's workouts were Kent Bazemore and Chris Cooper of Old Dominion, Ramone Moore of Temple and Josh Owens of Stanford.
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