Coach knows best.
At least this is the mantra the NCAA tries to get student-athletes to abide by as the coaches normally become mother and father figures to the men and women they lead through the trenches of academics and nationally syndicated tournaments.
Thomas Robinson has been under Kansas coach Bill Self’s wing for some time now, but the college coach says that he already knows what Robinson’s immediate future holds—the 2012 NBA draft.
Kansas forward Thomas Robinson will announce at a news conference Monday that he will enter the NBA draft, Jayhawks coach Bill Self told ESPN.com's Andy Katz.
The decision comes with no surprise. After a disappointing end to a hard-fought tournament display from Kansas’ undisputed enforcer, it’s time for Robinson to test his hand in the league. Scouts have seen enough and there are barely any flaws in Robinson’s game that will keep him from being taken in draft’s lottery.
As a Naismith finalist, Robinson showed all the mental toughness in the world and that is one of the hugest advantages he has in the draft. Scouts have had the chance to see the kid work through devastating personal moments in his life with determination and excellence.
Not only that, but Robinson’s size and ability to finish around the rim are attractions that refuse to go unnoticed.
Robinson may be taken with the No. 2 pick in the draft, probably landing with the Washington Wizards, a franchise that lacks the mental strength and leadership mentality it takes to land a team above .500. The Wizards also have a striking problem with one of their forward-center Andray Blatche, who shows a lack of conditioning and effort at the position.
Robinson, coincidentally enough, does not have those problems. He shows the passion and the will to consistently improve his game for the team. It is another dynamic that the Wizards lack.