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Monday, October 3, 2011

Thomas Robinson named Wooden Award preseason candidate

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson battles inside for a rebound with the Illinois defense during the first half on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson battles inside for a rebound with the Illinois defense during the first half on Sunday, March 20, 2011 at the BOK Center in Tulsa.

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Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson has been named to the John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list, The Los Angeles Athletic Club announced Monday.

Robinson, a 6-9 Washington, D.C., native, averaged 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds last year while posting a team-best 60.1 field-goal percentage.

“This is based on potential and I am grateful to be named to the list,” Robinson said in a release. “We have a lot of great players on our team, like Tyshawn (Taylor), that could be on the list just like me.”

Last season, KU’s Marcus Morris was named to the Wooden Award Preseason top 50 and later was on the 10-member Wooden Award All-American Team.

The Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. Kansas assistant coach Danny Manning was the 1988 recipient.

Transfers, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list.

Comments

John Sheehan 8 years, 2 months ago

T-Rob may end up top 10 by end of year. He and Tyshawn have opportunity to dominate.

Alex Berger 8 years, 2 months ago

I cannot wait to see Robinson play for 30 minutes a game. Highlights will be made!

Steve Brown 8 years, 2 months ago

Will he lead the team in assists? Sort of not kidding, as we throw the ball inside, he is triple teamed and he throws it out to the wing for an open three.

Ben Kane 8 years, 2 months ago

If he can stay out of foul trouble he will have a monster year....

lee3022 8 years, 2 months ago

He is pretty big already. I have seen several players with his hops bulk up too much and lose that. I am sure Hudy has figured that out and will advise him accordingly. ESPN says he is the most physical player in the Big XII already (in response to this list.)

Derek Conway 8 years, 2 months ago

Student here..he's absolutely ripped. looks a little bigger than last year, also seems to have confidence out of the roof. Hopefully he's improved his shot though. I don't remember too many out of the paint points in the past

justinryman 8 years, 2 months ago

UNC has 4 players on this list. Which I think is a good thing, let the in fighting begin on that team and let TRobb quietly become the overall #1 pick in the draft!!

He is a beast!!!!!!!

zturner29 8 years, 2 months ago

You would think tyshawn is gonna be great this year since has been here forever... but he will probably still be the same tyshawn. No jumpshot, head scratching passes and lousy finger rolls. I hope he proves me wrong.

Benjamin Piehler 8 years, 2 months ago

T Rob and Tyshawn need to have a great year if we are going to win the Big XII again.

lee3022 8 years, 2 months ago

Those numbers and a good KU wins season make him the Wooden winner.

championhawks 8 years, 2 months ago

Only way he gets to 20 pts/game is if he shoots free throws at about 80-85%, which I don't think he will do. IMHO, 15-17 pts/game and 12 rebs/game.

REHawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Good point re freethrow shooting. If Thomas can approach a season average of 75% from the line, bangers will have to be much more careful not to foul him excessively. If he is double and triple teamed, then our guards and wings have a marvelous opportunity to shine. No doubt about it, Thomas is the one Jayhawk who has to stay on the floor for 30 minutes of beastial play. Thomas, congratulations on your selection to the Pre-season Wooden list. Jayhawks worldwide will be cheering for you to rise to the top ten. And Tyshawn, few of us are forgetting your potential for a complete breakout season. We hope to find your name published as a contender for hoops awards by season's end.

MGJayhawk 8 years, 2 months ago

I don't understand how we think T Rob is even in the conversation. He is a raw talent that still needs a lot of work. Tyshawn has to be the team leader or we will be a 12 seed.

Joe Baker 8 years, 2 months ago

href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...: Thomas Robinson at Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy Mixtape by Ace Thakore

I think they both get it. A senior pg and a junior pf will lead.

lee3022 8 years, 2 months ago

T-Rob has the potential to blow up this year. He is betting on it and so are we. He faces a few other bigs in the league (Baylor) that should show improvement and have even more potential so there is no slam dunk. Starting out with Kentucky might be helpful as they are more perimeter oriented.

Tyshawn and Elijah are the key to the season. If both play well and the new folks can make contributions we can compete with most teams. Withey needs to step up and other bigs need to grow. I cannot remember a season with more questions under coach Self. On the other hand it is fun to see the predictions of KU not winning the league and then win it again!

REHawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Good post, ralster. I view this team as loaded with off-the-radar potential...not the least of which is our talented big man coach. Once the wheels get greased, this could be one of the most surprising of Bill Self's squads. A strong early showing vs. Kentucky would be sweet.

NYCityHawk 8 years, 2 months ago

Hate to be cynical but I anticipate a great deal of frustration this year. Driven by preceived needs to prove offensive polish to scouts and shoulder offensive load, T-rob will fall in love with the 17-footer this year which is still a low prob shot for him. He played with two gifted inside / outside post players last year and I fear he will try and prove he's the same. hes still so raw offensively. I forsee long caroms off the rim and rushed jump hooks hard off the glass. I pray im wrong and / or this serves as a reverse jinx!

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