Pullen is the lone All-Big 12 First Team choice back from 2009-10 after leading K-State in scoring with a 19.3-point average. He has scored 20 points or more 25 times in his career, including 30 points or more on three occasions. The senior ranks in the top 10 in 12 different career categories at K-State and is just the third player in school history to top 1,500 points in his first three seasons.
Ratliffe is the third student-athlete from Missouri to be recognized in the preseason as the top newcomer. He is one of just 13 players to earn back-to-back NJCAA All-America First Team honors in the history of junior college basketball. The Hampton, Va.-native set a school career scoring record at Central Florida Community College with 1,653 points.
The Preseason All-Big 12 team was also announced. In addition to Pullen, LaceDarius Dunn (Baylor), Cory Higgins (Colorado), Marcus Morris (Kansas) and Curtis Kelly (Kansas State) were also selected. It marked just the second time that Colorado (Richard Roby, 2006-07) and Kansas State (Manny Dies, 1998-99) have had student-athletes on the preseason squad.
Preseason Player of the Year
Jacob Pullen, Kansas State, G, 6-0, 200, Sr., Maywood, Ill./Proviso East
Preseason Newcomer of the Year
Ricardo Ratliffe, Missouri, F, 6-9, 240, Jr., Hampton, Va./Kecoughtan/Central Florida CC
Preseason Freshman of the Year
Josh Selby, Kansas, G, 6-2, 183, Fr., Baltimore, Md./Lake Clifton
2010-11 Preseason All-Big 12 Team
|Name, School||Pos.||Ht.||Wt.||Cl.||Hometown/Previous School(s)|
|LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor**||G||6-4||205||Sr.||Monroe, La./Excelsior Christian School|
|Cory Higgins, Colorado||G||6-5||190||Sr.||Danville, Calif./Monte Vista/The Pendleton School [Fla.]|
|Marcus Morris, Kansas||F||6-9
||Philadelphia, Pa./Prep Charter/APEX Academy [N.J.]|
|Curtis Kelly, Kansas State||F||6-8||239||Sr.||Bronx, N.Y./Rice/University of Connecticut|
|Jacob Pullen, Kansas State**||G||6-0||200||Sr.||Maywood, Ill./Proviso East|
Honorable Mention (listed alphabetically by school):
Alec Burks, Colorado; Josh Selby & Tyshawn Taylor, Kansas; Jamar Samuels, Kansas State; Kim English, Missouri; Jordan Hamilton, Gary Johnson & Cory Joseph, Texas; David Loubeau, Texas A&M; John Roberson & Mike Singletary, Texas Tech
** - Unanimous Selection