Jacob Pullen

Jacob Everse Pullen (born November 10, 1989) is an American-Georgian professional basketball player for KK Cedevita Olimpija in the top tier Slovenian Basketball League. He played for the Kansas State Wildcats.[1] Pullen has both American and Georgian citizenship, and has played for the Georgian national team.[2]

Jacob Pullen
Jacob Pullen.jpg
Pullen with the Delaware 87ers in 2017
No. 0 – Cedevita Olimpija
PositionPoint guard
LeagueSlovenian League
ABA League
Personal information
Born (1989-11-10) November 10, 1989 (age 32)
Maywood, Illinois
NationalityAmerican / Georgian
Listed height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Listed weight200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High schoolProviso East (Maywood, Illinois)
CollegeKansas State (20072011)
NBA draft2011 / Undrafted
Playing career2011–present
Career history
2012–2013Hapoel Jerusalem
2013Virtus Bologna
2017–2018Philadelphia 76ers
2017–2018Delaware 87ers
2018Mahram Tehran
2021–presentCedevita Olimpija
Career highlights and awards
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com

College careerEdit

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.[3]

In the 2009-10 season, 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 19.3 points per game on 41.9% shooting.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] Pullen is the All Time Scoring Leader in the history of Kansas State University Men's Basketball with 2,132 career points.

Professional careerEdit

2011–12 seasonEdit

Pullen went undrafted in the 2011 NBA draft. On July 12, 2011, he signed with Angelico Biella of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A for the 2011–12 season.[7]

2012–13 seasonEdit

In July 2012, Pullen joined the Philadelphia 76ers for the 2012 NBA Summer League.[8] On August 31, 2012, he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem of the Israeli Basketball Super League for the 2012–13 season.[9] On March 13, 2013, he signed with Virtus Bologna of Italy for the rest of the season.[10]

2013–14 seasonEdit

On August 13, 2013, Pullen signed with FC Barcelona of Spain for the 2013–14 season.[11] 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.[12]

2014–15 seasonEdit

In August 2014, he signed with Liaoning Flying Leopards of the Chinese Basketball Association.[13] However, he left Liaoning before the start of the season. On September 28, 2014, Pullen returned to Spain and signed with Baloncesto Sevilla.[14] On November 7, 2014, he parted ways with Sevilla.[15]

On November 14, 2014, he signed with New Basket Brindisi of Italy for the rest of the season.[16]

2015–16 seasonEdit

On August 8, 2015, Pullen signed with Cedevita Zagreb of Croatia for the 2015–16 season.[17]

2016–17 seasonEdit

On September 29, 2016, Pullen signed a one-month deal with Russian club Khimki.[18] On October 31, he re-signed with Khimki for the rest of the season.[19] He was officially released from the Russian team on July 4, 2017.

2017–18 seasonEdit

On September 22, 2017, Pullen signed with the Philadelphia 76ers.[20] 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.[21] On January 4, 2018, he was waived by the 76ers after appearing in three NBA games.[22]

On January 7, 2018, Pullen signed with Mahram Tehran of the Iranian Super League for the rest of the season.[23]

On February 20, 2018, Pullen signed with Afyon Belediye of the Turkish second-tier Turkish Basketball First League (TBL).[24] With Afyon, he won promotion to the first-tier Basketbol Süper Ligi (BSL) after winning the play-off finals.[25]

2018–19 seasonEdit

On November 1, 2018, Pullen returned to Cedevita Zagreb for his second stint with the club.[26]

Mornar (2019–2021)Edit

On July 12, 2019, Pullen signed with Montenegrin club Mornar Bar of the ABA League.[27]

Pullen averaged 16 points, three assists, and 1.4 assists per game during the 2020–21 season with Mornar Bar.[28]

2021–22 seasonEdit

On August 9, 2021, Pullen signed with KK Cedevita Olimpija of the Slovenian Basketball League.[28]

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.[2] He began playing with the team during EuroBasket qualification in 2012.

NBA statisticsEdit

2017–18 Philadelphia 3 0 2.0 .500 .000 N/A .0 .0 .0 .0 .7
Career 3 0 2.0 .500 .000 N/A .0 .0 .0 .0 .7

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Player page". Sports.espn.go.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Jacob Pullen Granted Georgian Citizenship, Will Play As Bosman". RealGM.com. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 31, 2012.
  3. ^ "Stats page". Collegebasketball.rivals.com. Retrieved March 22, 2010.
  4. ^ https://www.kstatesports.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=3476. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ "Cats Guards Form Dangerous Duo", wibw.com, January 18, 2010. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
  6. ^ Goodman, Jeff (Mar 7, 2011). "Goodman's 2010-11 All-America teams". Fox Sports. Fox Sports Interactive Media. Archived from the original on February 1, 2014. Retrieved June 21, 2011.
  7. ^ "Angelico Biella announces rookie Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. July 12, 2011. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  8. ^ "2012 76ers Summer League Team". NBA.com. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  9. ^ "HAPOEL JERUSALEM adds promising Pullen". Eurocupbasketball.com. August 31, 2012. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  10. ^ "Virtus Bologna officially signs Jacob Pullen". Sportando.net. March 13, 2013. Retrieved April 27, 2013.
  11. ^ "FC BARCELONA announces Jacob Pullen". Euroleague.net. August 13, 2013. Archived from the original on August 25, 2013. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  12. ^ "Jacob Pullen rompe el récord histórico de Oscar Schmidt" (in Spanish). ACB.com. 8 March 2014.
  13. ^ "Jacob Pullen leaves Barcelona to sign in China with Liaoning". Sportando.com. Retrieved August 12, 2014.
  14. ^ "Baloncesto Sevilla officially lands Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. September 28, 2014. Retrieved September 28, 2014.
  15. ^ "Baloncesto Sevilla parts ways with Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. November 7, 2014. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "Enel Brindisi announces Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. November 14, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014.
  17. ^ "Potpisao playmaker Jacob Pullen". kkcedevita.hr (in Croatian). August 8, 2015. Retrieved August 8, 2015.
  18. ^ "BC Khimki adds in guard Pullen". bckhimki.ru. September 29, 2016. Retrieved September 29, 2016.
  19. ^ "Khimki Moscow keeps Jacob Pullen for the season". Sportando.com. October 31, 2016. Retrieved October 31, 2016.
  20. ^ "Sixers Sign Jacob Pullen". NBA.com. September 22, 2017. Retrieved September 22, 2017.
  21. ^ "Jacob Pullen's Contract Converted To Two-Way Deal". NBA.com. October 14, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017.
  22. ^ "Philadelphia 76ers waive Jacob Pullen". NBA.com. January 4, 2018. Retrieved January 5, 2018.
  23. ^ "Jacob Pullen signs in Iran with Mahram". Sportando.com. January 7, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  24. ^ "Jacob Pullen signs with Afyon Belediyespor". Sportando.com. February 20, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  25. ^ "Afyon'da çifte sevinç: Afyon Belediyespor Basketbol Süper Ligi'nde" (in Turkish). CNN Turk. 1 June 2018. Retrieved 1 June 2018.
  26. ^ "Cedevita brings back Jacob Pullen". Eurocupbasketball.com. November 1, 2018. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  27. ^ "Mornar Bar inks Jacob Pullen". Sportando.com. July 12, 2019. Retrieved July 28, 2019.
  28. ^ a b Yahyabeyoglu, Fersu (August 9, 2021). "Jacob Pullen (ex Mornar) joins KK Cedevita Olimpija Ljubljana". Eurobasket. Retrieved August 9, 2021.

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