Junior Jacob Pullen was rewarded for his outstanding season on Tuesday, as he was named a third team All-American by The Sporting News.
Pullen becomes the first Wildcat All-American since Michael Beasley earned consensus first team honors in 2008. He is the first guard to collect All-America distinction since Rolando Blackman earned first team accolades from the Helm Foundation, The Sporting News, Converse and Wooden Award in 1981. Overall, he is the 17th Wildcat to receive mention to the All-America first, second, third or fourth team in school history.
"Jacob is most deserving of any honor he receives this season," said KSU coach Frank Martin. "Jake has developed his total game by accepting coaching and understanding the emphasis we put on the defensive end of the floor."
The team's leading scorer at 18.9 points per game, Pullen has led the team in double-figure scoring (30), 20-point games (13), 3-point field goals (170), 3-point field goals attempted (216) and steals (49). He has shot 41.3 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range, to go with 3.6 assists, 2.7 rebounds and 1.6 steals in 31.4 minutes per game. He has scored in double figures in all 30 games, which ranks as the second-longest streak in school history behind Mitch Richmond's 50-consecutive game streak. In addition, he ranks eighth on the school's all-time scoring chart with 1,357 points, while he ranks in the Top 10 in eight other career categories, including double-digit scoring, 3-point field goals, assists and steals.
Pullen earned first team All-Big 12 honors from the league coaches on Sunday, becoming just the second men's basketball to earn first team all-conference honors since the Big 12's inception in 1997. He was also tallied first team honors from The Associated Press, Kansas City Star and Yahoo! Sports.
Pullen has helped K-State post one of its best seasons in school history, as the squad currently lists a 24-6 overall record and an 11-5 mark in Big 12 play, which includes a tie for second place in the league standings and the No. 2 seed in this week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at the Sprint Center. The 24 wins and 11 conference victories are the most in the Big 12 era and the most since the 1987-88 squad posted a school-record tying 25 wins to go with 11 in Big Eight play. The second-place finish is also the best since the inception of the Big 12 and the best since the 1987-88 season.