Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Thomas Robinson named Oscar Robertson national player of week

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson celebrates for the television cameras after a put-back dunk against Long Beach State during the second half Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.

Kansas forward Thomas Robinson celebrates for the television cameras after a put-back dunk against Long Beach State during the second half Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at Allen Fieldhouse.


Kansas forward Thomas Robinson was selected as the Oscar Robertson national player of the week by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association for games ending the week of Dec. 11.

As the Big 12 conference player of the week, Robinson was nominated for the weekly award, which is chosen by a representative of the USBWA board of directors. The 6-foot-10 Robinson is the first recipient of the award this season.

Robinson, a junior from Washington, D.C., averaged 23.5 points and nine rebounds in victories last week over Long Beach State and Ohio State.

The USBWA’s weekly honor is presented by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and will be handed out each Tuesday through Feb. 21 this season.


Brandon Pope 10 years, 8 months ago

Way to go T-Rob! Expect to see more awards and accolades from you this season.

Benjamin Piehler 10 years, 8 months ago

Awesome! At least someone is getting credit for beating Ohio St.... I mean, #12 in the polls is kind of underwhelming, even factoring in Sullinger's injury (Long Beach St also did pretty well against UNC). Oh well, the polls don't mean much anyway.

Congrats to T-Rob! More awards to come!

Ian Brown 10 years, 8 months ago

Congratulations, T-Rob. Keep on working hard and more accolades, and more importantly, more wins will come.

And don't listen to all the whining babies on here who are trying to call you a prima donna, they're delusional. Either that, or go ahead and listen to them and use them as further motivation. And when they attempt to say you're out there being lazy and not hustling, just know that they're being haters and use that as motivation to try twice as hard.

Also know this, T-Rob--95% percent of Jayhawk Nation loves you and appreciates all the time, hard work, and dedication you contribute to this team, and the remaining 5% wouldn't be happy if you averaged 50 points per game, they'd still find things to complain about.

(P.S. It's pretty sad when the Big 12 and national media recognize T-Rob's efforts, yet there are some Kansas "fans" who can't do anything but complain when that person contributes 23.5 ppg and 9 rpg over a two game span.)

Like I said, use the haters/Negative Nancy's as further motivation to keep improving your game, but also keep in mind that they are in the minority--most of us realize and appreciate the hard work you put in.

Rock Chalk T-Rob

tical523 10 years, 8 months ago

You are wrong, that simple. If you truly love a family member or friend wouldn't you provide constructive criticism? Do you really, really think all of the people (die hard ku fans) noticed the poor attitude by mere coincidence or figment of imaginations? Also, I don't think people were greatly concerned with his effort, more about attitude and I guarantee Bill addressed it. As a society we are losing more and more every day but let us not lose tough love and criticism (especially for those who we want to succeed now and in the future). Love ya T Rob!!!!

rhollinshed 10 years, 8 months ago who gives a damn what you think? I'm being critical of your so called constructive criticism. Everyone has an opinion...some times people need to keep it to themselves. We don't put Jayhawks down and your criticism is a put down.

tical523 10 years, 8 months ago

Ok. At least I know you don't give a damn now.

Michael Bratisax 10 years, 8 months ago

If it truly was constructive criticism tical523, I would agree w/you. But it wasn't.

Telling someone to check their body language or chest pumping (although this happens in almost every sport, every game) is one thing..calling him a prima donna is another.

Name calling is not constructive criticism, offering useful advice is. Seems pretty simple but obviously some cannot distinguish the difference.

+1 Mr. ibrown3

tical523 10 years, 8 months ago

T Rob is simply better than what he showed Saturday, I know he cares more about his team than himself. I can not be a moral judge for all of the posters on this site but any comment I made was to be constructive, so maybe he would read and take a step back and think about it all. This kind of stuff does matter (even to NBA GM's) and I am not being a selfish KU fan. . . I want him to succeed in life far after Lawrence, KS.

Ian Brown 10 years, 8 months ago

Thank you, jhawk7782.

What tical said, and what many of the people said in the comment section of yesterdays Big 12 Player of the Week article, was not constructive criticism. What I read in yesterdays comments was name calling and a number of "criticisms" which degraded Thomas a player and a person, as well as diminished and devalued what he accomplished against two very talented teams.

You deserve these accolades, T-Rob. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

tical523 10 years, 8 months ago

Never said he did not deserve it. Never questioned the superior talent displayed.

tical523 10 years, 8 months ago

I did see some of the "primma donna" posts and I agree that is not constructive and probably out of line. I do like your idea on the strict site moderation and ranking system as well.

Ian Brown 10 years, 8 months ago

Thank you, drgnslayr. I really appreciate the kind words.

I have always taken pleasure in reading your posts, as well--your comments are always laden with knowledge and refreshingly honest.

Mandie Eutsler 10 years, 8 months ago

Um...I didn't see anyone put him down on this thread. Must have missed it...

Ian Brown 10 years, 8 months ago

You must not have seen the thread on yesterdays article about TRob being named the Big 12 player of the week.

SoCalAlum 10 years, 8 months ago

Congrats to Thomas! btw - who's the last Jayhawk to receive this honor?

Kent Wells 10 years, 8 months ago

Not bad for a prima donna! Way to go TRob!!!

Tony Bandle 10 years, 8 months ago

TRob Report;

1] Engine running at full speed all the time - Check 2] Improved foul shooting - Check 3] Develope an outside game - Check 4] Avoid foul trouble - Check 5] Team leader - Check 6] Leap tall buildings in a single bound - Still working on it. :)

Alohahawk 10 years, 8 months ago

  1. and 4. Vast improvement over last year! Those two things alone probably bump TRob up in the NBA draft about 3 to 5 spots, maybe more. Shows he is coachable and willing to put in the effort to improve his game.

  2. I think he's very close to "leaping tall players in a single bound." : -()

Clarkeee22 10 years, 8 months ago

What's scary is he has still a lot of upside and improvement. As the year goes on he will get smarter on when to attack, an when to pass and move the ball. He will also get much better low post moves and softer touch around the rim as he works with Danny. He can easily have games of 30 + with his motor. Just needs a little more polished moves down low, not criticizing just saying it comes with time, and this is his first year being BMOC. I think a lot of you will agree. RCJH

Ludwig Supraphonic 10 years, 8 months ago

Great to see TRob rewarded for playing the game. Contrasts with OSU retaining their ranking following a road loss to a lower ranked team. Apparently, back spasms and bench time don't go unrewarded.

Mike Kendall 10 years, 8 months ago

Wow! What a honor! Congrats T-Rob. Your mom would have been proud of you.

Alohahawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Hang another tinsel on the memory tree, for the award and from the Jayhawk Nation. Great job and congratulations, TRob.

KULee 10 years, 8 months ago

Congrats T-Rob, I hope he has recovered enough from his illness to play the entire game on the 19th. He is a powerful player with so much potential, he has to take a workman type approach reach that potential.

Jim Dickerson 10 years, 8 months ago

I have to agree that T-Rob's first half performance against OSU was not up to his normal level of play. I also feel that coach Self may have had a half-time snack which consisted of a large chunk of T-Rob's posterior. Second half the beast showed up. If the man deserves criticism, let coach Self do it. He is obviously a helluva lot better at it than the amateur critics on this board. Plus he is paid the big bucks to do it. Congrats T-Rob, you make the Jayhawk nation proud.

finn78 10 years, 8 months ago

I love T-Rob. He's supremely talented, a beast and could easily be the best 4 in the country. I only have one observation of something that continues to drive me absolutely insane during games. When he is not successful on the offensive end with a missed dunk, layup or whatever, he stands under the basket, slumps his shoulders and I don't know...pouts...while the ball is already going the other direction. I counted 3 times during the Long Beach game when he did this. One absolutely led to a layup on the other end where he fouled the guy because he was chasing and out of position. I am pretty sure Bill pulled him after that. Anybody else see that? Agree with me?

REHawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Congrats, Thomas, not only for the Big 12 and National weekly recognition, but also for bumping off Terrence Jones for Rivals' Power Rank Award, best power forward in the country. Keep plowing forward with smiles and positive improvement. You and Jayla are bound to become very wealthy Americans. You and your teammates might get another opportunity to knock off Duke and Kentucky. Testy fans might glean weekly delight in viewing their favorite sports team ascending to the level of one of the 4 best hoops teams in the nation! And Coach Self might get a peaceful night's sleep by early April....

Mandie Eutsler 10 years, 8 months ago

Way to go T-Rob! Thanks for working so hard. Players like you make us proud to be Jayhawk fans!

Robert Lofthouse 10 years, 8 months ago

Congrats! Stay safe, keep your head on a swivel, adapt, improvise and overcome - own that rim and your team will go far!

DDDHawk 10 years, 8 months ago

Thomas- Congratulations on a well-earned award! I read your Twitter line about some fans and how you can't please them. Please know that many, many, more KU fans respect you for your dedication, determination, hard work, and awesome talent displayed on the court, and for being a great human being off the court! Keep up the great job!

Bangkok_Jayhawk 10 years, 8 months ago

If you missed this story don't worry... There will be plenty more this season just like it! Thomas Robinson WILL BE a First Team All American.

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