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Kansas 

  • Birthday: 3/18/91
  • NBA Position: Power Forward
  • Class: Junior
  • Ht: 6-9
  • Wt: 244
  • Hometown: Washington, DC
  • High School: Brewster Academy
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NBA Comparison: Derrick Williams/Patrick Patterson

Strengths: High-motor forward that possesses the power/athleticism combination to be an effective player in the NBA ... Explosive leaper ... Doesn't waste any time collecting himself when he catches the ball around the rim ... Great size for a power forward ... Has tremendous length with a 7'1" wingspan ... Strong -- though not bulky -- frame that can generate a lot of power in a hurry ... Very fluid runner ... Quick feet in the paint ... Is efficient and decisive in post-up situations, despite not being especially skilled with his back to the basket ... Aggressive mentality leads to a high number of free-throw attempts ... Has developed a solid right-handed hook shot that's become his go-to move from the left block ... A solid jump shooter, that is more than willing to take advantage of a defense that leaves him open ... A ferocious rebounder (averaged 11.9 rebounds per game in his senior season, good for second in the nation) ... Is particularly adept at chasing down his own misses ... Not afraid to wrestle with bigger players for better position ... Is active and athletic enough to rebound well out of his area ... Has all the tools to defend his position at a high level in the NBA ... Despite not being a very intimidating shot-blocker, he has been an effective defender against post-up situations ... Moves his feet well enough to stay in front of the more mobile power forwards in the NBA ... Hard worker that has improved noticeably every year at school ...

Weaknesses: Doesn't excel at any one area offensively ... His moves in the post are limited, and he's not as likely to get away with relying on his physical tools so much in the NBA ... His shooting ability has potential, but isn't consistent yet ... Won't block or alter a ton of shots ... Can play out of control at times ... Averaged 2.7 turnovers per game in his junior season, which is a pretty high number for a post player ...

Overall: Robinson is one of the safer picks around the top of the draft ... He has the tools and the work ethic to become an ideal pick-and-roll/pick-and-pop kind of power forward ... Once Robinson polishes his post moves and jump shot, he should be a fixture in a team's starting lineup for a long time ... A likely top-5 pick ...

Tyler Ingle 5/24/12

Strengths: The 6’9, 240 lb Robinson is an impressive physical specimen, with nice strength, a good frame, and adequate length as a prototype PF prospect for today’s NBA … Robinson is also a great athlete, with very good explosiveness and quickness for a guy his size ... Runs the floor well … A high energy player who competes hard, Robinson was able to see time and have relatively great production behind two 1st round picks in the Morris twins at his main positions … Will cut to the basket for high % looks … He can get points around the rim by way of his motor, and his athleticism makes him a good finisher ... Great rebounding skills, with outstanding per-minute rebound rates, and will go out of his immediate area to chase down shots … Not afraid of physical contact down low and will throw his weight around on both ends … Shows signs of a developing mid-range jump shot…Has the 1st step to be a mismatch threat as a straight-line slasher against slower PF’s … Can get free throw opportunities due to his aggressive nature … Not bad defensive ability, and will get a block or so every now and then … Willing to put his nose in for charges … Ability to play through all the distractions that surrounded him last year speaks to his mental toughness … Still has substantial upside remaining … Very good role player potential for the next level as a PF ...

Weaknesses: Robinson is a bit unpolished a player and needs to refine his game some on both ends of floor … He isn’t very skilled as a player on either end yet and is a bit reliant on his athleticism and physical tools … Doesn’t have a reliable post game and can be slowed down significantly when his athleticism is matched by the person he’s matched up against at PF … As a face-up player, his ball-handling skills aren’t very good and his jumper isn’t quite good enough to keep the defense all that honest … Defensively, Robinson competes hard, but he’s also a bit foul prone and will have to get that ironed out before he’s ready to play legit NBA time at PF … Robinson likely will have to iron out his polish on both ends a lot more to be the rotation player in the NBA he could be … Has a lot to prove after not playing much his first 2 years, and will have to show that he’s capable of being as productive as his adjusted stats indicate, while also keeping a rebuilding Kansas team as the crown jewel in the Big 12 ...

Overall: Robinson has a lot to like … He’s impressive physically, athletically, and he plays as hard as any PF in the country … He was productive when he took the floor for KU in limited time, a hard worker who improved a lot as a Soph., and he’s mentally tough after playing through injuries and even the death of his mom and still being productive, and has a developing skill set, but he has to work on polishing his skills more … The potential is there for him to be a solid NBA PF though and he is a likely 1st round pick in the 2012 draft ...

Notes: Measured 6'10 (in shoes) 240 lbs, with a 7'1 wingspan at the 2011 Amare Stoudemire Skills Academy.

Jorrye Nixon 7/19/11

YouTube Clip – 4/23/2009

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