A few minutes with … Jacob Pullen

Pullen2 He’s been named Preseason Player of the Year by the Big 12, and his team is a popular pick to win a conference championship. The expectations are higher than ever for Jacob Pullen entering his senior season, but that hasn’t changed life for the Wildcats’ go-to guard.

Well, his beloved beard is a little shorter than it was last year. But he’s working on that.

During Kansas State’s recent Madness in Manhattan event, he embraced those expectations and told fans to expect a memorable year of basketball. Afterward, he shared a few more thoughts:

High expectations have been given to this team. But what are your own expectations?

Just to win ball games. When we prepare like we prepare every season, we’re going to win ball games. We don’t want to say we’re going to do this, we’re going to do that. We just want to get the job done. Read More »

On a lighter note: Pullen keeping his beard

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.”
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