Robinson tweeted this out after his press conference:
thank u jayhawk nation for remaining the best support system anyone could ask for during my time here #4evajayhawk F.O.Eit's been real— thomas robinson (@Trobinson0) April 9, 2012
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"If I could find a way, I wouldn't mind staying here because who wouldn't care to stay here?," Robinson said Monday. "I feel like it is the best place, other than home, and now it's my second home. I have a family here, so it wasn't that easy."
The 6-10 forward became one of the premier players in the country during his junior year, his first year as a full-time starter. Robinson, a projected top-five pick in this year's draft, averaged 17.9 points and 11.8 boards per game in 2011-12. He was a consensus First Team All-American and was runner-up for multiple player-of-the-year awards. His 22 regular-season double-doubles were the second-most in Kansas history.
"This is the best time for him, he has done everything plus some, that we could have ever expected to give to our program – both as a player and as an ambassador," KU coach Bill Self said at the press conference. "He is a guy who is probably as loved as anybody who has played here in a long, long time and I think that the entire Jayhawk nation should see this as a great day for everybody. More so with Thomas than any other player who has played here, I think Kansas looks at Thomas as one of their very own because they watched him grow up right before their eyes."
The NBA draft will be held June 28.