For a guy that is quiet and pretty humble off the court, Thomas Robinson's style of play on the hardwood is a bit surprising.
The 6-foot-8, 210-pound big man from Maryland is about as aggressive as they come at the power forward position in 2009. He was one of the few top performers at last weekend's Rumble in the Bronx thanks to domination on the boards and his intimidating scoring on the blocks.
Robinson's own worst enemy on the court was himself. Foul trouble was the only thing that really slowed him down. Robinson's on-court alter ego has made him one of the most coveted big men after the spring evaluation period. Chalk him up as one of the best spring risers in the class of 2009.
Consistency has been his stamp of approval for those recruiting him. You tend to know what you are going to get with the Rivals150 prospect.
"I want to play at a level where people know that I'm the same player each game out. I don't want to confuse anyone," Robinson said.
Recruiting has truly "blown up" as he said. Robinson claims offers from Boston College, Marquette, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, Georgia, Kentucky, George Washington and George Mason. Robinson added Kansas and Texas both put out feeler calls recently, too.
"Those are just calls right now," Robinson said of the two Big 12 power houses. "I want to take my visits so I can see what the school is. My decision will be more than just basketball."
He already has one school decision behind him. Robinson is headed up to Brewster Academy in New Hampshire this fall, leaving his D.C. area home.
"I'll be able to focus just on basketball and school up there," Robinson said. "It's going to help me prepare for college by getting a glimpse of what it will be like playing with other good players all the time and being away from home. I should be ready mentally and physically for college, too."