Jacob Everse Pullen (born November 10, 1989) is an American-Georgian professional basketball player for Mornar Bar of the ABA League and the Montenegrin League. He played for the Kansas State Wildcats. Pullen has both American and Georgian citizenship, and has played for the Georgian national team.
Pullen with the Delaware 87ers in 2017
|No. 0 – Mornar|
|Born||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|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
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 10 games. He was a large part of Kansas State's renewed basketball success. 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 of the 2009 season and had at least one three-pointer in 29 games.
Pullen continued his strong play in his junior season, leading Kansas State to a 29–8 overall record (11–5, Big 12), with wins at Dayton, at UNLV, at Alabama, against Xavier, and against then undefeated, #1-ranked Texas. Playing under coach Frank Martin, Pullen averaged 19.1 points per game.
With backcourt mate Denis Clemente, Pullen received accolades for his part in the turnaround in K-State's basketball. In 2009–2010, Pullen and Clemente combined for the third-highest points-per-game of any guard tandem in school history, at almost 35 combined points. They trailed 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 led 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 of the NCAA tournament 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 with 2,132 career points.
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 returned to Spain and signed with Baloncesto Sevilla. On November 7, 2014, he parted ways with Sevilla.
On September 29, 2016, Pullen signed a one-month deal with Russian club Khimki. On October 31, he re-signed with Khimki for the rest of the season. He was officially released from the Russian team on July 4, 2017.
On September 22, 2017, Pullen signed with the Philadelphia 76ers. On October 14, his contract was converted to a two-way deal. Under terms of the deal, he split time between the 76ers and their G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. On January 4, 2018, he was waived by the 76ers after appearing in three NBA games.
On February 20, 2018, Pullen signed with Afyon Belediye of the Turkish second-tier Turkish Basketball First League (TBL). With Afyon, he won promotion to the first-tier Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL) after winning the play-off finals.
National team careerEdit
In August, 2012, Pullen was granted Georgian citizenship, which increased his career options across Europe and allowed him to play for the Georgian national team in EuroBasket 2013. He began playing with the team during EuroBasket qualification in 2012.
- "Player page". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
- "Jacob Pullen Granted Georgian Citizenship, Will Play As Bosman". RealGM.com. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
- "Stats page". Collegebasketball.rivals.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
- "Cats Guards Form Dangerous Duo", wibw.com, January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
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- "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.
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- "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.
- "Potpisao playmaker Jacob Pullen". kkcedevita.hr (in Croatian). August 8, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
- "BC Khimki adds in guard Pullen". bckhimki.ru. September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
- "Khimki Moscow keeps Jacob Pullen for the season". Sportando.com. October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
- "Sixers Sign Jacob Pullen". NBA.com. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
- "Jacob Pullen's Contract Converted To Two-Way Deal". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
- "Philadelphia 76ers waive Jacob Pullen". NBA.com. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
- "Jacob Pullen signs in Iran with Mahram". Sportando.com. January 7, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
- "Jacob Pullen signs with Afyon Belediyespor". Sportando.com. February 20, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
- "Afyon'da çifte sevinç: Afyon Belediyespor Basketbol Süper Ligi'nde" (in Turkish). CNN Turk. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
- "Cedevita brings back Jacob Pullen". Eurocupbasketball.com. November 1, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
- "Mornar Bar inks Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 28, 2019.