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PULLEN, NIEDERMAYEROVA DECORATED WITH HONORS

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By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State's Jacob Pullen has been named recipient of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award that goes to college basketball's top senior, six-foot and under. The award came from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

"We are proud to honor Jacob with the 2011 Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award," said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "The combination of his success on the court, and his achievements in the classroom as a student-athlete, make him a deserving recipient who exemplifies the qualities this award is designed to celebrate."

Pullen is the first K-State player to earn the accolade and the second consecutive Big 12 student-athlete, following last year's recipient Sherron Collins of Kansas.  

The school's all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points, Pullen led the Wildcats in 12 statistical categories, including scoring (20.2), double-figure scoring games (29), field goals (191), 3-point field goals (74), free throws (170), assists (115), steals (49) and minutes (32.6).

The accolades continued to pour in for Pullen as he was one of 10 players named to the 2011 John R. Wooden Award All-America Team by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Pullen is the third Wildcat to receive the honor joining Michael Beasley in 2008 and Rolando Blackman in 1981. It also marks the fifth All-America honor for Pullen this season with third team selections by The Associated Press, The Sporting News and Yahoo! Sports and fourth team by FoxSports.com.

Pullen was joined on the Wooden All-America Team by Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Ben Hansbrough (Notre Dame), JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), Kawhi Leonard (San Diego State), Marcus Morris (Kansas), Nolan Smith (Duke), Jared Sullinger (Ohio State), Kemba Walker (Connecticut) and Derrick Williams (Arizona).

Voters take into account a player's performance through the Elite Eight along with character and academic performance. Each player on the team must be making progress toward graduation and have maintained at cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.

PULLEN TO SHOOT TREYS
Pullen will be at this weekend's Final Four in Houston, Texas, as a participant in the Reese's College All-Star Game and the State Farm 3-Point Championships.

The 3-point contest is tonight at 8 on ESPN2 at Hofheinz Pavilion on the University of Houston campus.

The All-Star game will be played on Friday at 4:35 p.m. and will be televised on TruTV. The contestants for the event are selected by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Pullen will play for the East All-Stars on a roster that also includes Lavoy Allen (Temple), Jimmy Butler (Marquette), Mike Davis (Illinois), Austin Freeman (Georgetown), Dwight Hardy (St. John's), Gary McGhee (Pittsburgh), Vlad Moldoveanu (American), Brad Wanamaker (Pittsburgh) and Chris Warren (Ole Miss).  The group will be coached by former Duke head coach Bill Foster and current American coach Jeff Jones.

They will play the West All-Stars, which includes Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston), Kenneth Faried (Morehead State), Gary Johnson (Texas), Cameron Jones (Northern Arizona), Kalin Lucas (Michigan State), Mickey McConnell (St. Mary's), Alex Stephenson (USC), Malcolm Thomas (San Diego State), Tristan Thompson (North Texas) and Tai Wesley (Utah State).   

BIG 12 HONOR TO NIEDERMAYEROVA
K-State freshman Petra Niedermayerova has been named the Big 12 Tennis Player of the Week.

Niedermayerova garnered the honor after recording her fourth and fifth wins this season over ranked opponents, defeating No. 15 Aeriel Ellis  (Texas) in three sets 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 and No. 18 Nazari Urbina  (Texas A&M) 6-1, 6-1 last weekend. With the two wins, the freshman totaled three wins over top 20 opponents in an eight-day span. The victory over Urbina on Saturday helped the Wildcats to the program's first win over Texas A&M in the history of the series (17 meetings), as K-State toppled the No. 25-ranked Aggies 5-2 to improve to 2-0 against teams ranked in the top 25.

The victory over Ellis was the highest ranked opponent Niedermayerova has defeated this season. She is 17-7 overall and 12-2 at the No. 1 singles position. The Brno, Czech Republic, native also secured a doubles win with playing partner Nina Sertic in the Texas A&M match and owns a team-leading mark of 15-11 in doubles play.

K-State's last Big 12 Player of the Week was Maria Rosenberg on April 18, 2005. Overall, this is the sixth time a K-State student-athlete has earned the league's weekly honor and Niedermayerova becomes the fourth student-athlete to earn the honor.

No. 31 Kansas State will return to action on Friday, as the Wildcats host No. 41 Nebraska at 1 p.m. Depending on weather conditions, the match between the Wildcats and Huskers will either be played outdoors at the Wamego Recreation Complex in Wamego, Kan., or indoors at the Body First Tennis and Fitness Center in Manhattan.


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