Robinson Coming for the Number One Spot
As the 2012 NBA Draft approaches, Kentucky big man Anthony Davis has been labeled as the consensus top overall pick. However, Kansas power forward Thomas Robinson believes he’s worthy of the number one selection and he’s looking forward to challenging Davis over the next month.
“I think I’m very capable of being the number one pick,” Robinson told HOOPSWORLD. “No disrespect to Anthony Davis, he’s a great player. But at the same time, as a competitor, I do feel that I’m worthy of the number one pick.”
When asked if he’s ready to take the top spot from Davis, the 21-year-old smiled.
“Of course,” Robinson said. “Story of my life.”
In a private workout on Tuesday afternoon, Robinson displayed his full skill set and showed why there are NBA executives around the league raving about his game. Not only is Robinson an athletic freak with a relentless motor, he also displayed an improved jump-shot that extends out to the NBA three-point line.
“It’s just a confidence thing,” Robinson said. “I feel like I’ve been a good shooter, I just needed the time and reps to get it up and now is the time to do it since I’m going to the next level. I just want to show people that I can step out and hit the shot too.”
Robinson was one of the most productive players in the nation last season, averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds at Kansas. He led the Jayhawks to the national championship game, was named the 2012 Big 12 Player of the Year and received First Team All-American honors.
Now, after a successful college career, he’s looking forward to taking his game to the next level and focusing primarily on basketball.
“It’s a great feeling,” Robinson said. “Nobody who’s doing what they love to do every day should feel bad about it. This is what I love to do and I get to do it for a job now. This is definitely a great feeling. No matter how hard the work is, I’ll get through it.”
In HOOPSWORLD/USA Today’s latest mock draft, Robinson is projected as the second overall pick.