There are plenty of candidates that could and should be mentioned here: Player of the Year favorite Jared Sullinger, North Carolina's duo of John Henson and Tyler Zeller, even Tyler's younger brother, Cody for Indiana, and Kentucky products Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to name a the cream of the crop. But Kansas' Thomas Robinson may just be the best of the bunch.
He excelled in a reserve roll behind first-round picks Marcus and Markieff Morris last season- posting a ridiculous Player Efficiency Rating of 27.5 in under 15 minutes per game by averaging 7.6 points and 6.4 rebounds off the bench. This season, Robinson has moved into the starting lineup and dominated for a Jayhawks team lacking some of the overall talent that its boasted in years past; the junior is averaging 17.7 points to go along with the nation's second-best rebounding mark of 12.2 boards per game and more than one steal and block per game. Robinson is the total package- just ask North Dakota after he posted a career-high 30 points and 21 rebounds over the weekend.