Jacob Pullen, as you may have noticed, has been growing a beard all season.
It started as a personal superstition, but now that the junior guard is scoring more than 19 points per game and Kansas State is off to a 9-1 start, his teammates don’t want him to trim the facial hair. They don’t even want him to touch it.
For now, Pullen says he will honor their wishes, even though he sometimes thinks breaking out a razor wouldn’t be the worst idea in the world.
Curtis Kelly “won’t let me,” Pullen said. “I was going to do it when I went home (for winter break) but he said if I came back without a beard he was going to put me in the trunk.”
Does that mean the beard will be there all season?
“I don’t even know anymore,” Pullen said. “I thought I played bad against Xavier and was going to get rid of it, cut it down at least. Curt said, ‘No, we still won and you were the leading scorer, and stuff.’ Frank (Martin) ain’t complaining about it. So oh well.”
Pullen’s mother, though, isn’t the biggest fan.
“My mom says she’s going to get rid of it while I’m sleeping at Christmas,” Pullen said. “So, I don’t know, I’ll have to sleep with a mask on.”
If that doesn’t work, and Big 12 play starts with Pullen cleanly shaven, sophomore forward Jamar Samuels says he will try to grow a beard.
Actually, he’s going to do that regardless.
To him, the more beards the better.
“I’m about to grow it out again,” Samuels said. “When we come back from break and Big 12 play (starts) you’re going to see a lot of hair.”