September 23, 2006

Pullen chooses Cats

Maywood (Ill.) Proviso East point guard Jacob Pullen had in-home visits last week from coaches of his two finalists. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder decided he knew all he needed to know about the schools before making any official visits and has decided to take his talents to play in the Big 12 Conference and for new Kansas State coach Bob Huggins.

"I just felt like it was the best situation for me," Pullen said. "I talked it over with my family quite a bit after the visits and everything that Kansas State offered is good. A good program, in a good conference with a really good coach. How could you go wrong with that."

Pullen hosted Huggins last Sunday and Dayton coach Brian Gregory on Wednesday.

"The visits were kind of what I expected from the coaches," Pullen said. "They had already told me about their schools on the phone, really, so it was more of a chance to meet the coaches and talk some. Coach Huggins made it clear they wanted me to be the point guard in this class. He told me they are recruiting a combo guard and another two-gurad, but I'm the only point guard they want in this recruiting class."

Pullen chose the Wildcats over scholarship offers from Dayton, Iowa State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Miami, South Carolina, Marquette and Xavier. In the end, the chance to play for a coach of Bob Huggins' stature was too good to pass up.

"Bob Huggins is a great coach. He is going to get a lot of great players and some really good exposure for all of the players that come play for him. He already had Michael Beasley committed and they are really close on getting Bill Walker and DeJuan Blair. I've seen DeJuan play and Bill Walker has a lot of hype and Beasley is just an outstanding player. When you play with players like that, it makes the game a lot easier. Especially for a point guard."

Pullen delivered the news this morning to the Wildcat coaches.

"I called Coach Huggins (Saturday) morning around 10:00. He was really excited and that it was great to have me. He said that he' would talk to me more on my official visit. Dalonte Hill is the coach that did the most recruiting of me. I really like him. I didn't know him before, but now I have really gotten to know him through this process."

Pullen will be visiting Manhattan on October 13 for Madness in Manhattan and could have a couple other visitors there with him.

"Walker and maybe Beasley will be coming the same weekend for their visits," he said. "I guess something happened with Beasley's flight and he didn't get there. Maybe he showed up late or something this weekend, I don't know for sure. But, I know Walker wasn't able to make it this weekend and it sounds like he'll be there when I go."

As a junior, Pullen averaged 21 points, eight assists and five steals while helping lead his high school team to a 26-6 record. He earned all-state honors for his play following the 2005-06 season.

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