Here’s to you, Mr. Robin­son

D.C. na­tive is unan­i­mous pick for first-team All-amer­ica

The Washington Times Daily - - Sports - BY JIM O’CON­NELL

Kansas for­ward Thomas Robin­son has even more in com­mon with Blake Grif­fin now. Not ev­ery­thing, though.

Robin­son, who played through per­sonal tragedy as a sopho­more re­serve, capped his junior sea­son by be­ing a unan­i­mous se­lec­tion to the As­so­ci­ated Press’ All-amer­ica team Mon­day, a day af­ter lead­ing the Jay­hawks to the Fi­nal Four.

The 6-foot-10 Robin­son, a D.C. na­tive, av­er­aged 17.9 points and 11.8 re­bounds this sea­son and he was a first-team pick by all 65 mem­bers of the na­tional me­dia panel that se­lects the weekly Top 25.

The last unan­i­mous pick was Grif­fin in 2009.

“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.”

Robin­son did find some sim­i­lar­i­ties be­tween them be­sides be­ing Big 12 Player of the Year.

“That man jumps out the gym. He looks like a su­per­hero when he takes off,” Robin­son said. “But we both try to be ag­gres­sive. He knows what he does well. I feel the same way. I know what I do well.”

Join­ing Robin­son on the first team were Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, the first re­peat All-amer­i­can in three years, fresh­man An­thony Davis of Ken­tucky, Dray­mond Green of Michi­gan State and Doug Mcder­mott of Creighton.

Davis re­ceived 63 first-team votes while Green, the lone se­nior on the team, got 53. Sullinger had 30, one more than Mcder­mott. The vot­ing was con­ducted be­fore the NCAA tour­na­ment.

Robin­son re­ceived na­tion­wide sup­port as a sopho­more when he lost his mother, grand­mother and grandfather in a three-week pe­riod. He not only be­came a starter this sea­son, he be­came a star.

“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,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “To be unan­i­mous, it’s just some­thing that blows me away.”

Robin­son is Kansas’ first All-amer­i­can since Wayne Simien in 2005.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Kansas junior Thomas Robin­son, who av­er­aged 17.9 points and 11.8 re­bounds, was a first-team se­lec­tion by all 65 mem­bers of the vot­ing panel.

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