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Kansas State's Jacob Pullen goes undrafted

Kansas State's Jacob Pullen went unchosen Thursday night during the annual NBA draft.

Pullen, K-State's career scoring leader, had worked out for 12 teams in the weeks leading up to the draft. He said he received positive feedback from each of the teams, especially the Charlotte Bobcats and Detroit Pistons.

Last week, Kansas State coach Frank Martin said many teams had inquired about Pullen and the interest seemed genuine.

"They're asking the questions you ask when you're really, really interested in a player," Martin said.

In the end, Pullen was not among the 60 players whose names were called from the podium in Newark, N.J. He can now look to sign as a free agent with any team.

While in Emporia on Thursday for a Catbacker event, Martin told the crowd Pullen's success against other Big 12 players chosen in the first round should make him appealing to pro teams.

"I went through his record against all those guys who were picked in the first round," Martin said, "and he beat all of them."

Pullen averaged 20.2 points and 3.7 assists as a senior. He was first-team All Big 12 and won the Francis Pomeroy Naismith Award, presented to the best player under 6 feet by the Naismith Hall of Fame. He finished as K-State's career scoring leader with 2,132 points. He had 38 points — a school record for an NCAA Tournament game — in K-State's 70-65 loss to Wisconsin.

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