Yeah, it was just a formality, but it's still pretty cool.
Thomas Robinson's jersey will hang in the rafters of Allen Fieldhouse, alongside such names as Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning, Paul Pierce, Raef LaFrentz, Nick Collison and Clyde Lovellette.
Monday, the Associated Press announced its All-American teams for the 2011-2012 season, and the 6-foot-9, 240-pound power forward from Washington, D.C. was a unanimous selection - by all 65 members of the national media voting panel - to the first team. Robinson was the lone unanimous pick, the first since Oklahoma star Blake Griffin in 2009, and the first Kansas Jayhawk selected since Wayne Simien in 2005.
The achievement is well deserved. After averaging less than 15 minutes per game as a sophomore last season, playing behind the Morris Twins, Robinson exploded onto the national scene, averaging 17.7 points and 11.8 rebounds per game. A double-double machine, he ranked second nationally with his per-game rebounding statistics and first in defensive rebounds.
But Robinson wasn't alone in his selection. Point guard Tyshawn Taylor was named to the AP All-American third team, which is perhaps even more impressive, when one considers it took a special late-season selection to get the senior from Hoboken, N.J. added to the list for the Cousy Award - given annually to the top point guard in the country.
After a somewhat rocky start to the season, Taylor morphed into a dynamic scoring machine and a true team leader, averaging 16.7 points. His 18.6 points per game in league play led the Jayhawks, and he frequently played his best basketball versus the best competition.
Now, Robinson and Taylor shift their focus to a week of preparation for Saturday night's Final Four match-up with Ohio State.