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March 20, 2012

Robinson Named NABC All-America First Team

Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson has been named to the 2012 NABC Coaches' Division I All-America First Team, the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) announced Tuesday.

The ESPN.com National Player of the Year, Big 12 Player of the Year and Naismith and Wooden awards finalist, Robinson leads the nation with 25 double-doubles in 2011-12, which is tied for the Kansas single-season record set by Drew Gooden in 2002. The Washington, D.C., native, Robinson is the only player in the Big 12 to average a double-double with 17.7 points and 11.8 rebounds. A certain consensus All-American first-team selection and four-time Big 12 Player of the Week this season, Robinson's 11.8 boards per game are second nationally.

Joining Robinson on the NABC All-America First Team were Anthony Davis (Kentucky), Draymond Green (Michigan State), Doug McDermott (Creighton) and Jared Sullinger (Ohio State). A complete list of the NABC All-America teams is located at www.nabc.com. The last Jayhawk to be named to the NABC All-America First Team was Sherron Collins in 2010.

Located in Kansas City, Mo., the NABC was founded in 1927 by Phog Allen, the legendary basketball coach at the University of Kansas. Allen, a student of James Naismith, the inventor of basketball, organized coaches into this collective group to serve as Guardians of the Game. The NABC currently has nearly 5,000 members consisting primarily of university and college men's basketball coaches. All members of the NABC are expected to uphold the core values of being a Guardian of the Game by bringing attention to the positive aspects of the sport of basketball and the role coaches play in the academic and athletic lives of today's student-athletes. The four core values of being a Guardian of the Game are advocacy, leadership, service and education.

Kansas' Thomas Robinson's accolades for 2011-12

-NABC All-America First Team
-Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Finalist
-NABC All-District 8 First Team
-CBSSports.com First Team All-American
-USBWA First Team All-American
-John R. Wooden Award Finalist
-USBWA District VI Player of the Year
-USBWA All-District VI
-Dick Vitale's All-Solid Gold First Team
-ESPN.com National Player of the Year
-ESPN.com First Team All-American
-Sporting News First Team All-American
-Big 12 Player of the Year (Big 12 & AP)
-All-Big 12 First Team (Big 12 & AP)
-Naismith Men's College Player of the Year Midseason Watch List
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (2/27)
-Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List
-John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 Candidate
-Dick Vitale's No. 1 Midseason National Player of the Year (1/4)
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (1/2)
-Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the USBWA (12/11)
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (12/12)
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (11/28)
-EA SPORTS Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team

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