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Thomas Robinson

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A role player off the bench during his first two seasons at Kansas, Robinson is leaving school a year early after becoming the first unanimous first-team All-American since Blake Griffin. The national leader in double-doubles (27) should be a top-five pick and could go as high as No. 2. He averaged 17.7 points to rank second in the Big 12, was Division I's second-leading rebounder at 11.9 per game and lifted the Jayhawks to the national title game. Robinson may be this draft's most NBA-ready prospect, able to contribute immediately on defense and the boards while his offensive game continues to grow. He took huge steps in that area this season as his minutes increased, developing a good mid-range jumper and hook shot to go with adept power moves in the post. Robinson may lack ideal height but makes up for it with a huge wingspan, a chiseled frame and superior athleticism - plus great quickness for a big man. Some scouts are concerned he often settled for outside shots instead of attacking the basket, though Robinson did shoot 50.5 percent as a junior. One thing that can't be questioned is his rebounding ability, using his body well to establish position and having explosive leaping ability. He averaged 6.4 boards as a sophomore despite playing 14.6 minutes per game. His energy and high motor could go a long way in the NBA, as might his mental toughness. Robinson's bond with nine-year-old sister Jayla has been a heartwarming story of siblings who lost their mother to a heart attack in January 2011, not long after their grandfather and grandmother died. Robinson, whose father has never really been involved in his life, matured rather than let tragedy break him down and went on to play the best basketball of his life.

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