Well, we have a favorite for the National Player of the Year, and that man is the best rebounder and top big man in the country; Thomas Robinson. He was named a unanimous All-American, which basically means that he is in the same class as Blake Griffin was in 2009 (the last unanimous All-American). As you can see below, T-Rob was honored.
“It’s a blessing to be named even in the same category as Blake Griffin,” Robinson said. “For that to happen, I’m glad all the hard work is paying off.”
The hard work is there, and look no further than his stellar defense and a rebounding rate that his higher than 20%. Let me ask you something, if you took out Thomas Robinson and replaced him with a good-but-not-great player (Clint Chapman is an example), how would Kansas finish?
They wouldn’t make the Sweet 16, because no player is as important as Thomas Robinson to his team. The game that Kansas plays goes through Robinson, and his defense in the middle is instrumental to one of the best ten defensive teams in the country and a team that has a good chance to win it all. Friend of the site Mike Vamosi had KU going all the way from the beginning, and a big part of that- he even said this- is Thomas Robinson.
“It’s an unbelievable honor for a kid that came as a semi-highly recruited guy, played seven minutes as a freshman, 10 minutes as a sophomore, endured the tragedies he’s had and then somehow made so many sacrifices, not only for the betterment of himself but the betterment of all of us,” Bill Self said. “To be unanimous, it’s just something that blows me away.”
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