No matter what transpires tomorrow against Loyola Chicago at the Gentile Center, Kansas State basketball coach Frank Martin will continue to schedule games with his players in mind.
“We’ve got to get these kids home,” Martin said. “These kids believe in coming to play for us. We’re not in a league that plays in their home towns. It’s our duty. Those guys come in and sacrifice for us and their school. It’s our duty to give them the chance to go home and play in front of their families.”
Last year Martin took Denis Clemente and Luis Colon home for an early-season tournament in Puerto Rico. This season he is taking Jacob Pullen back to where he grew up in Chicago, and Martavious Irving home to his roots in south Florida.
In the near future, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him schedule games in New York and Washington D.C.
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Pullen hopes he does.
“It really helps Frank keep good players,” Pullen said. “When you tell a guy we’re going to get you back home so you can play in front of your family and in front of your friends, it doesn’t make you want to rush to get out of there. You’re excited to play for that coach, because you know that. You appreciate that type of thing.”