Pullen, Sutton to compete in European Tour

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Rising juniors Jacob Pullen and Dominique Sutton will participate in a nine-day tour of eastern Europe with the East Coast All-Stars beginning on Sunday.    


The duo, along with nine other college players, will spend nine days traveling through Europe beginning on Tuesday, Aug. 4 in Prague, Czech Republic and ending Wednesday, Aug. 12 in Vienna, Austria.  The group will spend time on sight-seeing tours, including viewing such national landmarks as Prague Castle, Prague Old Town and the Vienna Opera House, while playing five games against various European squads.    


The East Coast All-Stars, in conjunction with Basketball Travelers Inc., was created by Guy Rancourt, the head coach at Division III Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa., in the summer of 2006.  The All-Stars, which consist of some of the nation’s top rising college players, will assemble in New York City on Sunday, Aug. 2 for a two-day training camp before departing for Prague the following evening.  The team is scheduled to begin playing games on Wednesday, Aug. 5 against 2009 Czech Division Champion Locomotive Plzen and continuing on August 6, 8, 9 and 10.  Three of the All-Stars' five contest will be against teams that have won their countries 2009 Division Titles.      


In addition to Pullen and Sutton, the All-Stars include Rutgers junior guard Corey Chandler and sophomore forward Patrick Jackson, West Virginia sophomore forward Cam Thoroughman and sophomore guard Darryl Bryant, Lycoming sophomore forward Michael Bradley and senior guard James Oberlies, Cleveland State freshman center Joe Lattas, Polytechnic junior guard Arjun Ohri and Central Connecticut sophomore forward Chris Kehoe.  The group will be coached by Rancourt and Bob Cimmino, the head coach of New York City’s Mount Vernon High School.      


Pullen and Sutton are two of four returning starters for Kansas State in 2009-10.  The duo helped the Wildcats produce a 22-12 overall record a year ago, including a second round berth in the NIT.  They have helped the school to back-to-back 20-win seasons and consecutive postseason appearances.


An honorable mention All-Big 12 selection last season, Pullen averaged 13.9 points on 38 percent shooting as a sophomore with averages of 3.2 assists and 2.7 rebounds in 34 games.  He paced the Wildcats in a number of categories, including games played (34), minutes (30.2), 20-point games (eight), 3-point field goals (75), 3-point field goal attempts (224) and steals (54).  He also ranked among the top-20 in four Big 12 categories, including fifth in steals, ninth in 3-pointers, 12th in assists and 18th in scoring. 

A starter in 32 of 34 games as a sophomore, Sutton averaged 7.5 points on 48.5 percent shooting with averages of 5.4 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game.  He ranked among the team’s top-5 in seven categories, including first in defensive rebounds (109), second in overall rebounds (182) and steals (37), third in minutes (22.9) and offensive rebounds (73), fourth in field goal percentage and fifth in field goals (97).  He also ranked 18th in the Big 12 in rebounding and 14th in offensive boards.

Follow along on www.kstatesports.com for updates on how Pullen and Sutton and the rest of the East Coast All-Stars are performing in Europe.