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K-State's Pullen is Big 12 preseason player of year

Jacob Pullen earned the top preseason honor the Big 12 has to offer today.

The Kansas State senior guard was named the conference's Preseason Player of the Year.

The accolade comes as little surprise. Last week, league coaches picked the Wildcats to win the Big 12 in their preseason poll, and Pullen is the team's best overall player.

As a junior, he became a floor general and led the Wildcats to a breakthrough season that didn't end until the Elite Eight. He averaged 19.3 points, 3.4 assists and 2.6 rebounds along the way.

Pullen was joined on the Big 12's preseason all-conference team by senior forward Curtis Kelly. K-State was the only team to place two players on the all-conference roster.

Also on the team were Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn, Kansas' Marcus Morris and Colorado's Cory Higgins.

Junior forward Jamar Samuels earned honorable mention status.

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