Pullen Named Preseason Wooden Award Candidate
Oct. 4, 2010
The list, which reflects the early frontrunners for one of college basketball's premier Player of the Year awards, is based on last year's individual performance and team records. Transfer, freshmen and medical redshirts are not eligible for the preseason list. These 50 players and others who excel during the season will be evaluated and considered for December's Midseason list with the official voting ballot released in March.
Pullen, who was joined on the list by six other Big 12 players, looks to build on an impressive junior campaign, in which, he led the Wildcats in scoring at 19.3 points per game, while setting school single-season marks for 3-point field goals (110) and steals (67). He has a chance at becoming the school's all-time leader in a number of categories, including scoring, 3-point field goals, steals, assists and free throws.
The list is the first of several preseason honors for Pullen, who has also made several preseason All-American teams. Last week, he was named first team All-American by Blue Ribbon Yearbook and The Sporting News to go along with a second team selection by Dick Vitale and a third team pick by Athlon Sports. In addition, he was tabbed the Big 12's preseason Player of the Year by Lindy's and listed on the preseason all-conference first team by Athlon's, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's and The Sporting News.
Pullen is among five players with starting experience returning for the Wildcats in 2010-11. He helped the school post one of its most memorable seasons a year ago with a school-record 29 wins and its first trip to the Elite Eight since 1988. The team, which also returns senior Curtis Kelly and junior Jamar Samuels, will welcome seven newcomers this season, including junior Freddy Asprilla, who was the Sun Belt Conference Freshman of the Year at Florida International in 2008-09.
Excitement for the 2010-11 season continues to build, as the team is just 11 days away from the official start of practice. The athletic department will commemorate the start of the season by hosting "Madness in Manhattan" on Friday, Oct. 15. The event, which is open to the general public, starts at 7 p.m. CT with doors to the arena opening at 6:30 p.m. CT. Segments of the event will be broadcast on ESPNU as part of its Midnight Madness coverage from 8 p.m. to midnight CT.