Robinson Pops For Big 12

Last year's national championship combatants are squaring off for senior recruits. On Friday, No. 20 Thomas Robinson made his pick known.

Kansas has a win in its battle with Memphis for prospects but the war has only begun. The two superpowers will toe the line with each other at least two more times this fall for the same player. This time, it was Bill Self gaining the edge Friday morning.

The Jayhawks penned a significant chapter in the recruiting novel it will co-author with Memphis as Thomas Robinson verballed Friday morning. Last month Memphis added Xavier Henry's brother; this time it was KU's turn.

Robinson, an elite power forward out of the Md.-D.C. corridor by way of Brewster Academy, committed to the Jayhawks after visiting both schools.

"My family and my mom felt comfortable with them and I felt like it would be home for me," Robinson told

Robinson's meteoric rise occurred during a window in the early July period. Last year at Reebok U., John Wall blew up nationally. This time around it was Robinson's turn. His athleticism, penchant for rebounding and physique took the high-majors by storm.

Ironically, Wall and Thomas are linked again. Wall is a primary KU recruit as is Henry. Days ago Thomas said he would like to play with those guys.

"It's going to be their decision but I'm going to try."

The pledge is Kansas' first in the Class of 2009. Robinson's commitment likely signals the end of KU's pursuit of Daniel Orton.

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