Robinson, Taylor Named Associated Press All-Americans

March 26, 2012

LAWRENCE, Kan. – Kansas junior forward Thomas Robinson was a unanimous selection to the Associated Press All-America First Team, while senior guard Tyshawn Taylor picked up third team honors it was announced Monday.

Robinson is the first unanimous selection since Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin in 2009. The 6-10 Robinson is averaging 17.7 points and 11.8 rebounds this season and he was a first-team pick by all 65 members of the national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. He was the lone unanimous selection in 2011-12. Robinson is Kansas’ first AP First Team All-American since Wayne Simien in 2005.

Joining Robinson on the first team were Jared Sullinger of Ohio State, the first repeat All-American in three years; freshman Anthony Davis of Kentucky; Draymond Green of Michigan State and Doug McDermott of Creighton.

Taylor, a Hoboken, N.J. native, led Kansas in conference games with an 18.6 scoring average. A two-time Big 12 Player of the Week this season, Taylor’s 16.7 points per game overall in 2011-12 rank sixth in the league. Taylor fared well against the eight ranked foes Kansas faced in 2011-12 averaging 19.1 points, 4.9 assists and shooting 48.0 from the field, 50.0 percent from three-point range. He also had six of his 13 games with 20-points against ranked competition this season. Taylor ranks among the top six in the Big 12 in scoring (16.7 ppg), field goal percentage (48.2) percent and assists (4.7 apg).

Robinson and Taylor turn their attention to Ohio State for a Saturday evening matchup in the National Semifinals. The Jayhawks, who have appeared in each of the last three Final Fours hosted by the city of New Orleans, defeated the Buckeyes 78-67 in Lawrence on Dec. 10.

Kansas’ Thomas Robinson’s accolades for 2011-12
-AP First Team All-American (Unanimous selection)
-John R. Wooden Award All-America Team
-Midwest Region MOP and All-Tournament Team
-NABC All-America First Team
-Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Finalist
-NABC All-District 8 First Team 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 National Player of the Year 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

Taylor’s accolades for 2011-12
-AP Third Team All-American
-Midwest Region All-Tournament Team
-NABC All-District 8 First Team Third Team All-American
-Bob Cousy Award Finalist
Sporting News Third Team All-American
-USBWA All-District VI
-Dick Vitale’s All-Solid Gold Third Team Third Team All-American
-All-Big 12 First Team (Big 12, AP)
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (3/4)
-Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (1/16)