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Prospect Profile

Thomas Robinson

  • Full Name: Thomas Robinson
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 237
  • Birthdate: March 18, 1991
  • College: Kansas
Sacramento Kings Round 1: Pick 5
 

Strengths:
* NBA-ready body
* Great rebounder
* Elite athlete
* Face-up skills improved
* Big-time competitor
* 7-1 wingspan

Weaknesses:
*Doesn’t have ideal size

NBA projection:
Robinson will be gone sometime within the top five picks in the draft, and he’ll fit in wherever he goes, for a lot of reasons: He’s strong and physical. He loves to rebound. He’s a relentless competitor. He’s got next-level athleticism. Robinson needs to continue to refine his offensive game but will be a solid everyday contributor for years to come.

2011-12 Season:
Until Kentucky freshman Anthony Davis blew up in the last six weeks of the season, most pundits assumed Robinson would be voted the national player of the year. He was still a consensus first-team All-American after nearly doubling his scoring and rebounding averages from his sophomore season. Robinson was a rebounding machine, finishing second in the nation. And his 463 rebounds were second in Kansas history behind only Wilt Chamberlain’s 510 in 1956-57. Robinson helped lead Kansas, which had seen its depth gutted through NBA defections and academic issues, to the Final Four where the Jayhawks finished runner-up to Kentucky.

Key statistics:
17.7 ppg, 11.9 rpg, 1.8 apg, 2.7 tpg, 1.1 spg, 0.9 bpg, 31.3 mpg, .505 FG, .500 3PT, .682 FT

Cool statistic:
Robinson set a Kansas single-season record and led the nation with 27 double-doubles.

Reminds me of:
Patrick Patterson

What Insiders Say:
Kansas coach Bill Self
"I expected him to maybe have a shot at winning conference Player of the Year, I really did. If you're the best player in our league, you're going to be one of the better players around. But the national Player of the Year attention that he's getting certainly would have been a dream, and I would have never anticipated that. The thing that amazes me from a production standpoint is how consistent he's been. This kid has like — I could be off — 26 or 27 double‑doubles for the year. I know that's not the most important stat, but still it's a sign that you can pencil in 15 and 11 on a bad night. That's what has amazed me as much as anything, just how consistent he's been."

What Outsiders Say:
Ohio State coach Thad Matta
"He's a tremendous player. He's a tremendous talent. You look at his story, all the work he's done to put himself in this position. Those are the kind of things, even as an opposing coach, I love to see."

Kentucky coach John Calipari
"We know how good Thomas Robinson is. He is as good as they get. He's a vicious competitor, great around the rim, expanded his game. He can make the top of the key three. Loves driving that thing hard left and getting to the rim. He has become a better handler and passer, rebounds. So we know how good he is."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.

 

 

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