Kansas basketball: Ranking the top 10 Jayhawks of all time

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Thomas Robinson #0 of Kansas basketball reacts after the Jayhawks defeated the Missouri Tigers 87-86. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

10. Thomas Robinson (2009-2012)

Coming in at No. 10 is Thomas Robinson, who played for the Jayhawks for three seasons. Robinson had a fantastic junior season in 2012 that finished with a Final Four win and appearance in the national title game. Here are some of Robinson’s accomplishments at Kansas:

  • 2012 National championship runner-up
  • 3x Big 12 champion
  • ESPN’s 2012 National Player of the Year
  • 2012 Consensus first-team All-American
  • 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year
  • 1x First-team All-Big 12

As mentioned, Robinson’s junior season was phenomenal. He averaged 17.7 points per game in addition to 11.9 rebounds per game that season, and he would have had a great shot to be Player of the Year if it wasn’t for Kentucky’s Anthony Davis.

One of Robinson’s most memorable moments as a Jayhawk came on February 25, 2012 when Kansas took on Missouri in what was believed to be the Border War game. The Jayhawks came back after being down as much as 19 points, and Robinson made a huge block at the end of regulation to force the game into overtime. The Jayhawks would go on to win 87-86, in part thanks to Robinson’s 28 points and 12 rebounds.

While Robinson’s jersey isn’t in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse yet, he’s probably next in line given the fact that Marcus Morris (2008-2011) was honored last season. Robinson certainly deserves it though, considering he’s one of the greatest all-time when it comes to Kansas basketball.

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