After the Kansas Jayhawks fell to the Kentucky Wildcats in the NCAA tournament championship game, and Kansas' best player Thomas Robinson finished with 18 points and 17 rebounds, the realization that he most likely will not be re-joining the team for his senior season really started to hit home.
Robinson is projected by NBA draft experts to be a lottery pick and for sure a first-round selection. It wouldn't make much sense for him to stay in school, the way it would for say Elijah Johnson and Jeff Withey.
Kansas head coach Bill Self does not expect to coach his 6-10 junior again.
"I'll let him make the announcement," Self said. I'd be shocked (if he comes back)."
Johnson, who plans to stay at Kansas for his senior season along with Withey, is just as sure that his roommate Robinson is taking his talents to the big leagues.
"I'd be stupid in my head to think Thomas would be back," Johnson said. "It's all over, man, it's over."
NBADraft.net projects Thomas Robinson to go as the third overall pick in the 2012 draft, just behind Wildcats Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist.
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