Frank Martin Stands up for Jacob Pullen on Twitter After Draft Snub

The 2011 NBA Draft was full of surprises, starting with the Cavaliers’ selection of Tristan Thompson at No. 4 overall, and the Knicks’ pick of former bench warmer Josh Harrelson 45th overall. One player who didn’t get drafted was Kansas State guard Jacob Pullen. That outcome was to be expected because Pullen wasn’t considered a top prospect, but it didn’t make things any less disappointing for Kansas State coach Frank Martin. The fiery character objected to his star player getting the draft snub and sounded off on twitter as The Dagger pointed out:

I don’t work 4 the NBA nor do I understand the NBA but I do understand winning. Look back at Jacob Pullen’s record vs. The guys that got drafted. You will find that he won a lot and also had a better game from a matchup standpoint. Some people like team pictures I like winning so give me Jacob and Denis Clemente every time.”

A couple of things on Jacob, he led the Big 12 in scoring in league play, top 5 in assists, only player that was a unanimous pick 4 all def team. His team won over 50 games his last 2 yrs, his team finished in top 4 of Big 12 every yr. However he is 6′ not 6’3″ so he is not good enough. Give me a break..jacob stay strong and keep ur faith u will succeed. I’ve said the same things 2 Haslem and Barea. U r a winner.”

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Jacob Pullen and His Beard Beat Texas

Kansas State handed Texas its first loss of the season, a 71-62 defeat in Manhattan. K-State got up by 10 at the half and held on for the win despite struggling from the outside, going just 1-12 on three pointers. Star Jacob Pullen went 0-6 on his long distance attempts and only 2-15 overall but he still was number one in the fan’s hearts. The junior guard has electrified the fans by averaging 19 points a game and sporting a thin Abe Lincoln-style beard. The look has become so popular in Manhattan that 1,000 Pullen mock beards were passed out to the fans prior to the game. The fan motto has even become “Fear the Beard.” Nobody ever accused the Kansas State fans of originality. The beard has also become a good luck symbol for the team and the squad has responded. At 16-2, Kansas State is rolling.