• Loading KStateSports Tweets...
    1 second ago


By Mark Janssen

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin has this warning to all National Basketball Association teams: "You better think about drafting Jacob Pullen, because somebody else is, and he's going to make you pay."

The next step in the basketball life of Kansas State's all-time leading scorer is in the professional ranks. But will that be in the NBA, or in Europe?

"I think I can play. There was a time I probably thought too much about what people thought, but now I'm just letting the chips fall where they may," said the 6-foot-0, 200-pounder. "Defensively, I know I can guard, and I think it's been proven that I can score the ball, and every team needs somebody to do those two things."

Still, most mock drafts have Pullen listed very low in the second round of the two-round draft, or, not at all.

To those folks, Pullen only asks for a chance.

"I don't think many people could score on me one-on-one, and in tryouts I think I could prove that. I think I would have been drafted last year, but college was very important to me and there would have been a chance that me, and my family, would have really missed the four-year college experience. I'm glad I came back," said Pullen. "To those people who say I can't play, that just gives me more fuel for the fire. It helps me. I know I can do everything that a lot of bigger guys do."

If not the NBA, Pullen says he is open to playing in Europe.

"Definitely. I'm keeping my options open and I want to play basketball. It's what I love to do," said Pullen. "When playing is over, (grinning) I hope Frank has a job for me on his staff."

The nbadraft.net website grades players 10-1 in 12 different areas. Here were Pullen's preseason grades:
9 - Jump shot
8 - Defense, quickness, leadership, NBA ready
7 - Strength, ball handling, intangibles
6 - Athleticism, size, passing, potential

Of the mid-March 30 projected first-round draft selections by nbadraft.net, there are eight freshmen, six sophomores, six juniors, six seniors and four International players.

The draft site has Pullen as the 56th player selected in the 60-player draft, while DraftExpress.com does not list Pullen at all.

From the Big 12, nbadraft.net's mock draft includes:
No. 8  Alec Burks, Soph, CU
No. 9  Perry Jones, Fresh, BU
No. 13  Marcus Morris, Jr, KU
No. 15  Markieff Morris, Jr, KU
No. 17  Tristan Thompson, Fr, UT
No. 22  Jordan Hamilton, Soph, UT
2nd Round - Josh Selby, Fr, KU; LaceDarius Dunn, Sr, BU; Jacob Pullen, Sr, K-State

Thompson and Hamilton have announced that they will return to the Longhorn program, but they could certainly change their minds.

The NBA Draft will take place on June 23, in Newark, N.J.

We hope you enjoy K-State Sports Extra. We would like to hear your comments and any story ideas for future emails, so fire them our way. Contact either Mark Janssen at mjanssen7@cox.net, or Kansas State Director of Athletic Communications/SID Kenny Lannou at klannou@kstatesports.com. For those who would like to share Sports Extra with a friend or family member, or change your current email address, click here.