Accolades Continue to Pour in for Kansas' Robinson

March 6, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas forward Thomas Robinson has collected another award as his stellar junior season heads into the postseason. He was named the District VI Player of the Year by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Tuesday, March 6.

The junior from Washington, D.C., also joins teammate Tyshawn Taylor on the District VI All-District Team. There are nine regions from coast to coast and a player and coach of the year are selected in each. District VI consists of the states: Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Robinson is averaging 18.0 points and 11.8 rebounds per game this season. He leads the Big 12 in double-doubles (22) and rebounds per game (11.8), and both rank second nationally. Against eight nationally-ranked teams in 2011-12, Robinson averaged 19.8 points and 12.3 rebounds while shooting 55.6 percent. Earlier today, he was named the Big 12 Player of the Year by Sporting News and one of 15 finalists for the John R. Wooden Award.

Taylor has scored 22 or more points in each of his last three games and averages 17.2 ppg for the season. A two-time Big 12 Player of the Week and All-Big 12 First Team selection, Taylor led KU in league scoring in 2012 with an 18.6 ppg. He leads KU with 152 assists and 53 three-pointers made in 2011-12.

The USBWA was formed in 1956 at the urging of then-NCAA Executive Director Walter Byers. Today, it is one of the most influential organizations in college basketball.

To view the entire list of men’s all-district teams:

Robinson’s accolades for 2011-12
-John R. Wooden Award Finalist
-USBWA District VI Player of the Year National Player of the Year
-All-American First Team (The Sporting News)
-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
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)
Big 12 Player of the Week (1/2)
-Oscar Robertson National Player of the Week by the USBWA (12/11)
Big 12 Player of the Week (12/12)
-Big 12 Player of the Week (11/28)
-EA SPORTS Maui Invitational All-Tournament Team