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Thomas Robinson, Andre Drummond work out for Bobcats

Thomas Robinson, left, talks with Andre Drummond after working out for the Charlotte Bobcats in a pre-draft workout on Friday, June 22, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.

Thomas Robinson, left, talks with Andre Drummond after working out for the Charlotte Bobcats in a pre-draft workout on Friday, June 22, 2012, in Charlotte, N.C.

June 22, 2012

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— Thomas Robinson made a quantum leap during his junior year at Kansas University.

He spent Friday morning trying to convince the Charlotte Bobcats that he has even more upside.

Robinson and Connecticut’s Andre Drummond worked out for the Bobcats as part of Charlotte’s evaluations for the June 28 NBA Draft.

The Bobcats own the second pick and are considering several options on the assumption that New Orleans will select Kentucky’s Anthony Davis at No. 1.

“I feel I have potential to develop even more as a player,” Robinson said. “I still have a high ceiling. I feel I’m nowhere near complete as a player, so I think I have more upside than people think.”

Robinson, at 6-foot-9, and the 6-10 Drummond represent intriguing options should the Bobcats decide to take a big man with the No. 2 pick. Earlier this week the team worked out guard Bradley Beal of Florida and small forwards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of Kentucky and Harrison Barnes of North Carolina.

Robinson, who played in the shadows of Cole Aldrich and Marcus and Markieff Morris during his first two years at Kansas, blossomed as a junior this past season, averaging 17.7 points and 11.9 rebounds. He led the nation with 27 double-doubles and was a first-team AP All-American.

Bobcats officials, including owner Michael Jordan and new coach Mike Dunlap, declined to comment after the workout. But NBA scouts in general like Robinson’s explosiveness, his motor and his rebounding ability.

“I’m a little better off the dribble than people think,” Robinson said. “My shot has gotten a lot better since the season was over. I’m learning how to read the defense better than I ever did before, so I’m just learning a different pace of the game and it’s helping me.”

Joining Drummond and Robinson at Friday’s workouts were Kent Bazemore and Chris Cooper of Old Dominion, Ramone Moore of Temple and Josh Owens of Stanford.

Comments

woodscolt 2 years, 7 months ago

T-Robb all the way. Bobcats, What a god awful franchise to have to play for. At least he should get plenty of playing time. If he doesn't go 2 then at least he will be spared of playing for Jordan who certainly hasn't duplicated his playing abilities in being an owner. I would almost rather see him drop lower in the draft and get into a better situation. T-Robb definitely has a way higher upside than other players. He proved this last year. He will improve as much this season and that against the best players in the world. Good Luck next week, thomas.

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