Robinson, Tolbert Garner First 2012 Men's Basketball Weekly Awards
Courtesy: Big12Sports.com
          Release: 01/02/2012
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Junior forward Thomas Robinson (Kansas) and freshman forward Jordan Tolbert (Texas Tech) have been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Dec. 26 - Jan. 1 in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference. It is the third honor this season for Robinson, while Tolbert earns his first career weekly accolade.

PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Thomas Robinson, Kansas, Jr., F, 6-10, 237, Washington, D.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Robinson averaged 19.5 points and 14.0 rebounds as Kansas recorded victories over Howard (89-34) and North Dakota (84-58). The junior forward shot 70 percent (14-of-20) from the field on the week, while making 71.4 percent (10-of-14) of his shots from the free-throw line. He also had six assists, one block and three steals. His top performance came versus North Dakota, as he finished with career-highs of 30 points and 21 rebounds. It was the sixth time in Big 12 history that a player has posted at least 30 points and 20 rebounds in the same game and first time a Jayhawk player has done so since Feb. 13, 1961 (Wayne Hightower). Robinson has 17.7 points and 12.2 rebounds per game this season, the only player in the Big 12 averaging a double-double.

PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Jordan Tolbert, Texas Tech, Fr., F, 6-7, 210, Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal
Tolbert continued his strong play as the Red Raiders notched wins over Cal State Bakersfield (74-58) and Southeastern Louisiana (62-54). The freshman forward averaged 19.0 points and 4.0 rebounds while shooting 78.9 percent (15-of-19) from the field. He was also 8-of-13 (.615) from the line, adding two assists, two blocks and three steals. He tied a career-best versus CSU-Bakersfield with 27 points, which was his fourth consecutive 20-point outing and fifth this year. Tolbert leads all Big 12 freshman in scoring (15.4 ppg) and field goal percentage (.652) while ranking second in rebounding (6.1 rpg). The scoring mark is fifth in the league overall, while his shooting percentage places him second.

2011-12 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Weekly Awards

Player   Rookie
Nov. 14      J'Covan Brown, Texas, G, Jr.     Royce White, Iowa State, F, So.
Nov. 21 J'Covan Brown, Texas, G, Jr.       Cezar Guerrero, Oklahoma State, G, Fr.  
Nov. 28 Thomas Robinson, Kansas, F, Jr.    Chris Babb, Iowa State, G, Jr.
Dec. 5 Jamar Samuels, Kansas State, F, Sr.   Myck Kabongo, Texas, G, Fr.
Dec. 12 Thomas Robinson, Kansas, F, Jr. Thomas Gipson, Kansas State, F, Fr.
Dec. 19 Perry Jones III, Baylor, F, So.
Steven Pledger, Oklahoma, G, Jr.
Jaylen Bond, Texas, F, Fr.
Dec. 26 Rodney McGruder, Kansas State, G, Jr.  Brady Heslip, Baylor, G, So.
Jan. 2 Thomas Robinson, Kansas, F, Jr. Jordan Tolbert, Texas Tech, F, Jr.
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