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Thomas Robinson isn’t as skilled as other elite players. He doesn’t have a consistent mid-range jumper, and his post moves leave something to be desired.But he plays with so much tenacity that he’s become one of the two best players in college basketball.
With the NBA calling, Robinson will probably play his last game as a Kansas Jayhawk this weekend.
It will conclude a roller coaster career that involved early struggles, a late resurgence, and the tragic loss of nearly his entire family.
Robinson grew up in Washington D.C., but played high school ball at Brewster Academy in New Hampshire
He started to make an impression in his sophomore year, but was still just a high-energy rebounder off the bench
Then, in January of 2011, his world got turned upside down. His grandmother, grandfather, and mother all died in a 25-day span
In his first game back for Kansas, Robinson missed his first shot (a wide-open dunk), but ended up scoring 17 points
This year, he's turned himself into one of college basketball's best players. He has averaged 17.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game
If it wasn't for Kentucky phenom Anthony Davis, he'd be the odds-on favourite for National Player of the Year
Saturday night, he'll go up against Ohio State big man Jared Sullinger in the juiciest one-on-one match-up of the tournament
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