Trio of Wildcats Earn All-Big 12 Honors

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Junior Jacob Pullen and senior Denis Clemente were named to the Coaches' All-Conference team, while sophomore Jamar Samuels was announced as the winner of the Sixth Man Award, as the Big 12 office announced its awards on Sunday.

Pullen became just the second men's basketball player to earn first team All-Big 12 honors since the inception of the league, joining former teammate Michael Beasley who received the award in 2008.  The team's leading scorer at 18.9 points per game this season also earned first team accolades from The Associated Press, Kansas City Star and Yahoo! Sports.  Pullen was also selected to the six-man All-Defensive Team. 

Pullen 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 led the squad 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 scored in double figures in all 30 games this season, which ranks as the second-longest streak in school history behind Mitch Richmond's 50-consecutive game streak.  He ranks eighth on the school's all-time scoring chart with 1,357 points, while he ranks second in 3-point field goals attempted (572) and third in makes (197).  

Clemente, who led the team in assists at 3.9 per game, was named to the league's second team for the second consecutive season.  He averaged 16 points on 39.1 percent shooting, including 33 percent from 3-point range, with 2.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals in a team-best 34 minutes per game.  His average in Big 12 play was even better at 17.7 points per game on 40 percent shooting.  He scored in double figures in 27 games, including nine 20-point games.  He was also named to the Kansas City Star's second team and to Yahoo! Sports' third team.

Samuels becomes the second Wildcat to earn the Sixth Man Award following Cartier Martin in 2007.  The third-leading scorer at 11.4 points per game, he scored in double figures off the bench in 21 games, including a pair of 20-point efforts and three double-doubles this season.  He ranks third on the team in rebounding at 5.3 per game.  He has a breakout game in the win over No. 1 Texas with 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. 

Earlier in the day, it was announced that Frank Martin was named Big 12 Coach of the Year by both the league coaches and The Associated Press.  He is the first coach since Dana Altman in 1993 to earn league Coach of the Year honors, while he is the fifth coach overall to earn the distinction, following Tex Winter (1958, 1959, 1960), Cotton Fitzsimmons (1970), Jack Hartman (1975, 1977) and Altman. 

K-State ended the regular season with 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 next 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. 

K-State begins play at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship on Thursday when the Wildcats play the winner of Wednesday's first round contest between No. 7 seed Oklahoma State (21-9, 9-7 Big 12) and No. 10 seed Oklahoma (13-17, 4-12 Big 12) at 6 p.m. at the Sprint Center.