LAWRENCE, KS - JANUARY 04: Thomas Robinson #0 of the Kansas Jayhawks shoots over Thomas Gibson #42 of the Kansas State Wildcats during the game on January 4, 2012 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
With the 5th overall pick, the Sacramento Kings have drafted Thomas Robinson. Robinson joins Jimmer Fredette, DeMarcus Cousins and Tyreke Evans as recent first round picks of the franchise. With this pick, Robinson also becomes the highest drafted KU player since Drew Gooden went 4th in 2002 and Bill Self's highest drafted player since Deron Williams went 3rd in 2005.
It's been a whirlwind ride for Robinson who went from a fairly lightly regarded prospect in high school (ranked 31 in the 2009 Rivals top 150. The 4 players ahead of him were Solomon Hill, Tyler Honeycutt, Reginald Buckner and Dominic Cheek. Who, who who and who? Exactly.) to top 5 pick in the NBA draft. Bill Self and Danny Manning have crafted a lot of big men in their coaching careers, but considering how raw Robinson was and how little playing time he received in his first two years, this has to rank as their biggest success story by far.
With the Kings Robinson jumps into a great situation. He'll partner with Cousins to form one of the more exciting young front courts in the league, and Kansas fans will be losing some sleep staying up late to watch Robinson I'm sure.
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