February 27, 2012
Junior forward Thomas Robinson (Kansas) and sophomore forward Royce White (Iowa State) have been chosen as Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Rookie of the Week, respectively, for games of Feb. 20-26 in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference. Both student-athletes lead the Big 12 in their respective honors this year, with Robinson winning his fourth award and White his third.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Thomas Robinson, Kansas, Jr., F, 6-10, 237, Washington, D.C./Brewster Academy [N.H.]
Robinson helped Kansas clinch at least a tie for its eighth straight outright or shared regular-season Big 12 Championship. The junior forward began the week with 10 points and 13 rebounds in a 66-58 victory at Texas A&M. He followed that performance with 28 boards and 12 rebounds as KU defeated No. 3 Missouri, 87-86 in overtime. Against the Tigers, he had 18 points in the second half and overtime, including a 3-point play with 16 seconds remaining to tie the game. He also blocked MU's shot at the end of regulation to guarantee the extra session. He averaged 19.0 points and 12.5 rebounds for the week, shooting 41.9 percent from the field and 85.7 percent from the line. The four player honors for Robinson in 2011-12 is tied for the third-most in a season in Big 12 history.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Royce White, Iowa State, So., F, 6-8, 270, Minneapolis, Minn./Hopkins/Minnesota
White also averaged a double-double as Iowa State defeated Texas Tech (72-54) and won at Kansas State (65-61). The sophomore forward finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists versus the Red Raiders, making 5-of-7 (.714) shots from the floor. He then had nine points, 12 rebounds and seven assists at K-State as the Cyclones recorded their second win versus the Wildcats this season. Overall, he averaged 11.0 points and 11.0 rebounds last week while shooting 57.1 percent from the field. White has 12 double-digit rebounding efforts this year and has dished out at least five assists in 12 of 16 games in Big 12 competition. He is the only player in the conference to rank in the top five in both rebounding (2nd, 9.2 rpg) and assists (4th, 5.1 apg).