|New Basket Brindisi|
|League||Lega Basket Serie A|
November 10, 1989 |
|Nationality||American / Georgian|
|Listed height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Listed weight||200 lb (91 kg)|
|High school||Proviso East (Maywood, Illinois)|
|College||Kansas State (2007–2011)|
|NBA draft||2011 / Undrafted|
|2014–present||New Basket Brindisi|
|Career highlights and awards|
Jacob Everse Pullen (born November 10, 1989) is an American professional basketball player who currently plays for New Basket Brindisi of the Lega Basket Serie A. He played for the Kansas State Wildcats. Pullen has both American and Georgian citizenship, and has played for the Georgian national team.
In his college debut against Sacramento State, Pullen scored 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and ended up scoring in double figures in eight of his first ten games. He has been a large part of Kansas State's renewed success over the last few years. As a freshman, he was one of just three players who appeared in all 33 games. Alongside Michael Beasley, he helped upset #2 Kansas with a season-high 20 points, going 10-for-10 from the free throw line.
In the 2008–09 season, Pullen was one of only two players to start all 34 games for the Wildcats (Luis Colon was the other). He notched his career best of 38 points against Kansas on Feb. 14, 2011. He recorded at least one steal in 27 games the 2009 season and had at least one three-pointer in 29 games.
Pullen continued his strong play into 2010, leading Kansas State to a 26–6 overall record (11–5, Big 12) thus far in his junior season, with wins at Dayton, at UNLV, at Alabama, against Xavier, and against then undefeated, number 1-ranked Texas. Playing under coach Frank Martin, Pullen led Kansas state to the Big-12 Tournament Championship game. Pullen, the Wildcats leading scorer, is averaging 19.1 points per game. He has already climbed into the top ten in numerous categories on Kansas State's all-time lists. Kansas State fans began using the unofficial slogan "Fear the Beard" as an homage to Pullen, who had not shaved since August.
Along with backcourt mate Denis Clemente, Pullen has received many accolades for his part in the turnaround in K-State's basketball fortunes in recent years. In 2009–2010, Pullen and Clemente have combined for the third-highest points-per-game by any guard tandem in school history, at almost 35 combined points. They trail only the combo of Mike Evans and Chuckie Williams (who averaged more in both the 1974–75, and 1975–76 seasons) in the K-State record books. The two lead the Wildcats to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament before eventually losing to Butler. Pullen was selected to the All Big-12 Team that year.
As a senior, Pullen and the Cats lost to Wisconsin in the third round and he was named a Fourth Team All-American by Fox Sports. Pullen is the All Time Scoring Leader in the history of Kansas State University Men's Basketball.
In July 2012, Pullen joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2012 NBA Summer League. On August 31, 2012, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Super League for the 2012–13 season. On March 13, 2013, he signed with Virtus Bologna of Italy for the rest of the season.
On August 13, 2013, Pullen signed with FC Barcelona of Spain for the 2013–14 season. On 8 March 2014, Pullen scored 12 three-point field goals in a 111-66 win over CB Valladolid, breaking the Liga ACB single-game record, which was previously held by Oscar Schmidt.
In August 2014, he signed with Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association. However he left Liaoning before the start of the season. On September 28, 2014, Pullen came back to Spain and signed with Baloncesto Sevilla. On November 7, 2014, he parted ways with Sevilla.
In August, 2012, Pullen was granted Georgian citizenship, which both increased his career options across Europe and allowed him to play for the Georgian national team in EuroBasket 2013. He began play with the team during EuroBasket qualification play in 2012.
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- "Stats page". Collegebasketball.rivals.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
- Robinett, Kellis (December 16, 2009). "Jacob Pullen is K-State’s unquestioned leader". Kansas City Star. Retrieved January 25, 2010.[dead link]
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- "Cats Guards Form Dangerous Duo", wibw.com, January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
- Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams". Fox Sports (Fox Sports Interactive Media). Retrieved June 21, 2011.
- "Angelico Biella announces rookie Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. July 12, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "2012 76ers Summer League Team". NBA.com. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "HAPOEL JERUSALEM adds promising Pullen". Eurocupbasketball.com. August 31, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "Virtus Bologna officially signs Jacob Pullen". Sportando.net. March 13, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
- "FC BARCELONA announces Jacob Pullen". Euroleague.net. August 13, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "Jacob Pullen rompe el récord histórico de Oscar Schmidt" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 8 March 2014.
- "Jacob Pullen leaves Barcelona to sign in China with Liaoning". Sportando.com. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
- "Baloncesto Sevilla officially lands Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
- "Baloncesto Sevilla parts ways with Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
- "Enel Brindisi announces Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
- "Jacob Pullen Granted Georgian Citizenship, Will Play As Bosman". RealGM.com. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- Jacob Pullen on Twitter
- Euroleague.net Profile
- Italian League profile (Italian)
- FIBA EuroBasket 2013 profile