Kansas' Robinson is AP Big 12 player of year

By Stephen Hawkins

Associated Press

Published: Monday, March 5 2012 12:00 a.m. MST

Missouri coach Frank Haith signals to his team against Texas Tech during their NCAA college basketball game in Lubbock, Texas, Saturday, March 3, 2012.

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Kansas junior Thomas Robinson is the unanimous selection as The Associated Press Big 12 men's basketball player of the year.

The 6-foot-10 forward received all 18 votes from a panel of sports writers and sportscasters who cover the league. Robinson is averaging 18 points and 11.9 rebounds a game for the Jayhawks, who won their eighth consecutive Big 12 regular-season title.

Robinson is joined on the All-Big 12 first team by Kansas teammate Tyshawn Taylor, Texas junior guard J'Covan Brown, Missouri senior guard Marcus Denmon and Iowa State sophomore forward Royce White, who was also selected as the league's newcomer of the year.

Missouri coach Frank Haith got the nod as the AP's Big 12 coach of the year. Oklahoma State's LeBryan Nash is the freshman of the year.

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