Early in Thomas Robinson’s career at Kansas he played only limited minutes as he spent much of his early time with the Jayhawks riding the bench. That all changed this past season in T-Rob’s junior campaign. Robinson enjoyed a breakout season where he became the leader of the Jayhawks and one of the best players in all of college basketball despite dealing with a ton of adversity, including deaths in his family. Robinson’s game, his toughness and character have all turned heads in the pre-draft process and is just hours from making his dream of being in the NBA a reality.
Thomas Robinson joined Fox Sports Radio with the Loose Cannons to talk about this past year, when he started playing the game with such tenacity, what team he thinks will draft him, where his attitude came from and what he made of his talk with Michael Jordan.
On this past year for him:
“It’s been crazy. It all happened so fast. The last I can remember I was just going to camp last summer and then it took off from there. It really hasn’t slowed down since then.”
When he started playing the game with such tenacity:
“I think when I started playing AAU. Probably around 15 or 16 years old. I just felt that I was taught that the aggressor wins every time so I just tried to take that and run with it.”
Where he thinks he is going on draft night:
“Right now my mind is in a world spin. I really don’t know but I’m hearing a lot of talk about trades, about people rising, people falling so I really don’t know so I just gave up on that whole trying to figure out where I’m going to go and just trying to enjoy this moment and just wait.”
Where his attitude came from:
“I just think it’s how I was raised. I was raised not to never give up on anything and always make the best of your situation. Everybody doesn’t get a silver spoon.”
On what drives him to be so great:
“Me knowing that if it’s not for me then my family is in jeopardy. My sister’s future is in jeopardy and that’s something I can’t live with, knowing that I had an opportunity to make something of myself and I didn’t. Once that happened I realized I had a chance to become who I will be Thursday and I just got in the gym and worked until I got here.”
What he made of his meeting with Michael Jordan:
“I haven’t talked to him since I met him. I met him on the first time in Charlotte and it was probably one of the biggest highlights of my basketball career.”