|Robinson has played beyond expectation. (Kansas Athletics)|
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.