Thomas Robinson declares for the draft

Kansas junior Thomas Robinson made it official Monday: he will forgo his senior season and enter the NBA draft. Robinson was the Big 12 Player of the Year this past season and led the Jayhawks to the national title game, where they fell 67-59 to No. 1 Kentucky.

Robinson tweeted this out after his press conference:

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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.
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