(Manhattan, Kan.) — Junior guard Jacob Pullen will return for his senior season in 2010-11 after exploring his professional opportunities, head coach Frank Martin announced on Sunday night.
Pullen had until Sunday to decide whether he would enter the 2010 NBA Draft as an underclassman. With his return in the 2010-11 season as well as those of fellow rising senior starters, Curtis Kelly and Dominique Sutton, K-State should once again challenge for the Big 12 title and a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
A multiple All-American his junior season, Pullen paced the Wildcats in eight categories, including scoring (19.3 ppg.), double-figure scoring (37), 20-point games (16), 3-point field goals (110), free throws (203) and steals (67). One of just four players in school history to top 700 points in a single season, he finished the past season in the Top 10 in seven single-season categories, including setting school records for double-digit scoring games (37) and 3-point field goals (110). He was named a third team All-American by The Sporting News, to the Lute Olson All-America team by CollegeInsider.com and an honorable mention pick by The Associated Press. He was also a consensus first team All-Big 12 selection, while he was selected to both the NCAA West Regional and Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship All-Tournament teams. He was also named to the league's six-man All-Defensive Team.