Why Jacob Pullen Is One Of The Best Players In The NCAA

Griffin WalkerContributor IMarch 21, 2010

LAWRENCE, KS - MARCH 1:  Jacob Pullen #0 of the Kansas State Wildcats dribbles the ball upcourt against the Kansas Jayhawks during their game on March 1, 2008 at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kansas. The Jayhawks defeated the Wildcats 88-74. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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           Jacob Pullen is the heart and soul of the Kansas State Wildcats. He can score, rebound, get assists, he can steal he can even block. he averages 19.4 points per game that is more than John Wall and almost more than Evan Turner. Kansas State has one other star, Denis Clemente. The thing is that without Pullen's passing skills Clemente would never get the ball and become the player he is now. Pullen is also an intimidating defender. He can force turnovers like he did in the win to BYU, he can play tight defense and he can block shots like he was doing to Jimmer Fredette.

         Pullen is a game changer there is no question about it. When Kansas State is losing, he always finds a way to get them back on top especially in the tournament. So far, in the tourney, he has made his stats go up and his team's Winn Loss record. Now that Pullen is maturing, Kansas State could go pretty deep into the tournament. Especially if they play like they did against BYU. Overall, Pullen is a very balanced player which is why he is so valuable in this league. He can run, he can score, he can rebound, he is the whole package. Without Pullen Kansas State would not be this far in the tournament, infact they might not even be in the tourney at all!

       The biggest challenge that Pullen is going to face will be the Syracuse Orange. If they can make it to the elite eight than that will probably be their opponent. Syracuse is a up and down team. If Pullen gets the Orange in a deep whole the game will be in the bag. If they do pull off the upset, their probable opponent will be the Duke Blue Devils. The Orange and Duke are similar. They have up and down days. If Pullen forces turnovers then they will be on to the National Championship.

         Now that Kansas is out, Kansas state's probable opponents are either West Virginia or Kentucky. For Kentucky, it's simple. If you shut down Cousins and Wall, you win. Unfortunately, for west Virginia it is a lot harder. First, you have to shut down Dasean Butler then Devin Ebanks and then Wellington Smith. An example of a team that didn't do that well is Georgetown in the Big East championship game. Lets hope Pullen executes for the rest of the tourney because if he does, we could just be cutting down the nets.