Thomas Robinson should easily be Kansas’ best player next season.

By the end of the 2010-11 season Robinson had blossomed into one of the top sixth men in the country and was regarded as a surefire first-round NBA draft pick. Robinson, though, elected to return to Kansas for at least one more year.

“If I leave now, my legacy would not be how I want it,” Robinson told reporters Monday. “I want to come back to school and make a name for myself as a Jayhawk and try to improve to be one of the best bigs in the country.”

Robinson also said the potential of an NBA lockout factored into his decision.

“There may be no training camps,” he said. “I have one of the best big-man coaches right here. Another year with [Danny] Manning is huge for me. I want to come back and be the leader of our team.””