MANHATTAN — Jacob Pullen and Marcus Morris will practice with for their country later this month.
Kansas State senior guard Pullen and the Kansas junior forward Morris are two of the 20 college players who will play on the U.S. select team announced Thursday. The select team will practice against the U.S. national team beginning July 19 in Las Vegas.
Morris looks forward to proving himself against that kind of talent.
"I am very excited to play against the national team," Morris said. "I think this experience will make me a better player playing against older guys and guys in the NBA. I am going to try and take everything I can from this and learn as much as possible."
This is the second consecutive summer that Pullen has played with an organized college all-star team.
Last year, he toured Europe with a traveling team and led the squad by averaging 19.8 points.
"I think it definitely helped me last year," Pullen said. "This year it should really just mold me more into being a leader. Playing with those types of people, and playing with the so-called leaders on other
teams, you learn a lot playing with people like that."
Other members of the team include Lavoy Allen (Temple), William Buford (Ohio State), LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor), Jimmer Fredette (BYU), Scotty Hopson (Tennessee), Scoop Jardine (Syracuse), JaJuan Johnson (Purdue), Jon Leuer (Wisconsin), Shelvin Mack (Butler), John Shurna (Northwestern), Kyle Singler (Duke), Chris Singleton (Florida State), Nolan Smith (Duke), Howard Thompkins (Georgia), Mike Tisdale (Illinois), Kemba Walker (Connecticut), Chris Wright (Dayton) and Tyler Zeller (North Carolina).
Villanova coach Jay Wright and Washington’s Lorenzo Romar will lead the team.
The select team will scrimmage with the national team for four days.
Pullen wishes the trip could last longer, but he won't hold anything back upon arrival.
"I just want to walk in and be a presence," Pullen said. "I want people to be like, 'Jacob Pullen was here, and he really played well. He got after it and made a name for himself.’æ”