Junior forward Thomas Robinson (Kansas) and freshman forward Thomas Gipson (Kansas State) have been named Phillips 66 Big 12 Player and Rookie of the Week for games of Dec. 5 - 11 in voting by a panel of media covering the Conference.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Thomas Robinson, Kansas, Jr., F, 6-10, Washington, D.C./Brewster Academy [N.J.]
Robinson garners his second award this season after averaging 23.5 points and nine rebounds as Kansas defeated Long Beach State (88-80) and No. 2 Ohio State (78-67). The junior forward opened the week with a career-high 26 points and 11 rebounds versus LBSU before following with 21 points, including 10 of his team's final 12 points, in the Jayhawks' victory over the Buckeyes. He shot 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the floor on the week while connecting at a .722 clip (13-of-18) from the free-throw line. Robinson has three 20-point efforts this season and has also recorded a Big 12-best seven double-doubles. He is the only player in the league averaging double figures in both points (17.8) and rebounds (11.4).
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
Thomas Gipson, Kansas State, Fr., F, 6-7, 275, Cedar Hill, Texas/Cedar Hill
Gipson earns his first rookie accolade after posting 19.0 points and 11.0 rebounds per game as Kansas State split overtime games with West Virginia (85-80 loss) and North Florida (79-68 win). The freshman forward tallied 15 points and a game-high 10 boards as the Wildcats dropped the double-overtime contest to future Big 12 member WVU. He led his team in the win over UNF with career-highs of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Gipson shot 53.8 percent from the field in two outings and has now posted double-doubles in three of his last four games. He leads the Wildcats in scoring (14.0) and rebounding (8.1) while becoming the first freshman to start the first seven games of a season since Michael Beasley in 2006-07.
2011-12 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Weekly Awards
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.