Thomas Robinson dominated the Big 12 and all of college basketball last season, and made the right move by leaving Kansas early and declaring for the NBA Draft.
Now that he's been drafted, there are a great deal of expectations Robinson must live up to, but there's no question he has the talent to succeed.
Here's a breakdown of Robinson's skills and his future as a pro.
What Robinson Brings to the Team
A year ago, Robinson was a solid player being overshadowed by the Morris twins at Kansas, but this past season, the Morris twins were in the NBA and Robinson was able to thrive for the Jayhawks.
He led the NCAA in double-doubles this past year, averaging 17.9 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. A very athletic power forward, Robinson is ready to make an impact right away.
There was a ton of pressure on Robinson to make sure Kansas remained a top team. Not only did he help keep the Jayhawks near the top of the rankings, Robinson also helped lead them to the National Championship game, proving he is a superb leader on the court.
Robinson is a relentless player that never quits. He'll help his new team with his superb defensive skills and his ability to create second and third-chance opportunities because he such a good rebounder.
What Experts are Saying
Going into the draft, Chad Ford" target="_blank" href="http://insider.espn.go.com/nba/draft/results/players/news/_/id/19459/thomas-robinson">Chad Ford of ESPN had Robinson ranked as his No. 4 overall prospect.
Ford had player evaluations for all of the prospects, and he highlights what Robinson does best.
What Robinson should provide right away are athleticism, toughness, an NBA-ready body and a motor that won't quit on both ends of the floor. He's been a monster rebounder for KU and is aggressive looking for his shot around the rim.
He's not afraid to get the ball at the top of the key and create his shot there. His quickness for a player his size and his explosive leaping ability make him a formidable threat offensively down the road.
Robinson is the real deal, and it will be very fun to watch his NBA career.
Robinson's presence on the court will instantly make his team better.
They needed a guy like Robinson to step in and bully his way in the paint, creating more opportunities to put more points on the board, which of course leads to more wins.
Look for the power forward to waste no time in proving himself at the next level. He loves the game and strives to win, so I fully expect him to make a major impact during rookie campaign.
With his talents, there is no doubt that a healthy Robinson will be a top contender for Rookie of the Year this upcoming season.
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