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Thomas Robinson explains his fantastic season

Posted on: January 19, 2012 1:58 pm
Edited on: January 19, 2012 2:44 pm
Robinson has played beyond expectation. (Kansas Athletics)
By Matt Norlander

Kansas' Thomas Robinson, the man who's consistently been perched atop our Player of the Year rankings, went on Jeff Goodman's Sirius/XM radio show this afternoon and explained away why he and his team have been so good.

The junior, to-be lottery pick ran down the reasons of what he had to prove, how he improved and his new understanding, his new role. He was a sixth man last year, remember.

Robinson said his improvement is due in large part to the way Danny Manning's been able to get him into a multi-faceted, domineering player. You notice how take-charge Robinson's been this year? He said that's "all coach Manning and the gametime experience. With everything changing, I had to prepare myself. I knew, coming into the season, the ball would be thrown to me. With our team not being so deep this year, I really had no choice. But he (Manning) has almost everything to do with teaching me."

The show, Inside College Basketball, is something -- sorry, going to bloviate on a colleague here -- Goodman's actually halfway-decent at. He and co-host Bruce Pearl (it sounds so formal; of course you know who Pearl is) are the best at bringing on some of the biggest -- F it, the biggest -- names in college basketball on the show. It's a gem of a listen two times a week. He didn't push me do to this, but it deserves some pub.

The reason why it works is because Goodman and Pearl are able to discuss things, I don't know ... in a way where it's natural and they have the respect/familiarity with their guests that allows them to loosen up. The interviews don't feel like chores.

Listen to the T-Rob segment here. Jim Boeheim came on today as well. Goodman and Pearl's show is on Mondays and Thursdays, from noon to 3 ET, on Channel 91.

Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:13 pm

Thomas Robinson explains his fantastic season

As incredibly highly as I think of Danny Manning's value to the Kansas coaching staff(and I do agree that any big man in America should look at the careers of Robinson, Morrises, Aldrich, etc. in realizing KU is among the very best for post men), I think you're shortchanging the talent a little bit here. Thomas Robinson, when he came in, was already a phenomenal physical specimen with great strength, quickness, and rebounding skills. Now he is the frontrunner for POY primarily because he is a phenomenal physical specimen with great strength, quickness, and rebounding skills.

He is more skilled, yes, but everybody matures over three years of college basketball and the practice time that it involves. Coach Manning unquestionably has had a great effect on Robinson's development, but by far the primary reason for Robinson/Morrises/Aldrich's current basketball abilities have been Robinson/Morrises/Aldrich
. Robinson was going to be a great player regardless of where he went.

Since: Aug 24, 2006
Posted on: January 20, 2012 2:00 pm

Thomas Robinson explains his fantastic season

Bet you money we see Kaleb in a Jayhawk uniform in the next few years. Maybe it will dawn on him how badly he screwed up when he gets to U of A.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 12:19 pm

Thomas Robinson explains his fantastic season

Manning has taken Robinson from a freshman high motor guy with very few offensive skills to a junior frontrunner for national player of the year. Every big man recruit in the nation should be lining up fighting to play for Kansas so that they can work with Manning.

Yet another example of why Kaleb Tarczewski made a HUGE mistake choosing Arizona over Kansas. Kansas big man coach Danny Manning builds players into great players. NONE of the big men at Arizona are performing even close to their expectations, let alone above them. It's too bad to see another kid get caught up in the shiny parts of recruiting instead of making a decision for what is bets for his development.

Since: Jan 6, 2008
Posted on: January 20, 2012 6:59 am

Thomas Robinson explains his fantastic season

This is absolutely no surprise for anyone who's followed KU basketball over the years.  Consistently cranking out All American forwards, all trained by Danny Manning.  You can go back for the last 10 years (Marcus Morris '10, Cole Aldrich '09, Waye Simien '04-'05, Nick Collison '03, Drew Gooden '02) and beyond.   Any smart high school forward looking for a college where he can improve his pro chances and play in the national spotlight should be lined up at KU's (and Danny Manning's) door!  

Since: Nov 17, 2010
Posted on: January 19, 2012 3:38 pm

Thomas Robinson explains his fantastic season

Why would anyone want to listen to Bruce Pearl talk to players about their maturation, a personal process that he clearly missed out on? Networks continue to amaze me with their personnel decisions: Pearl, Craig James, Matt Millan, Michael Irvin, the list goes on. There should be more focus on hiring credible professionals, not just people to stir the pot.

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