K-State Wildcats Basketball: Jacob Pullen leads alumni team

K-State Wildcats Basketball: Jacob Pullen leads alumni team

Some very prominent former Kansas State men’s basketball players will reunite on the court next month in Wichita.

Purple & Black, a team compiled mostly of K-State hoops alums, has accepted an invitation to compete at the $1 million, winner-take-all summer basketball event known as The Basketball Tournament. And it will be led by a pair of stars.

The biggest of all: Jacob Pullen. The 6-foot guard who holds the all-time scoring record at K-State with 2,132 career points will take a break from playing professional basketball overseas to reunite with some of his former college teammates. He last played in TBT in 2017.

Henry Walker will be by his side at every game. Walker, a 6-foot-6 guard was a highly rated recruit when he signed with K-State in 2006. He then went on to play at K-State until 2008, spending time alongside Michael Beasley and Pullen. This will be his first time playing for Purple & Black.

After his college career came to an end, Walker was drafted by the Boston Celtics and then played five years in the NBA. He has also spent time playing in several overseas leagues since then.

The squad of former Wildcats will open the tournament on July 22 at Koch Arena.

K-State fans may be more interested in this year’s team, compared to previous tournaments, because it recruited some big names to its roster. Other players expected to team up with Pullen and Walker include Jordan Henriquez, Martavious Irving, Thomas Gipson, Justin Edwards and Kamau Stokes.

A few more alums, plus a handful of players who played college basketball at other schools will join them on the roster.

The team’s full roster and schedule at the Wichita Regional will be announced later this week.

Henriquez will serve as the team’s coach, but his name is also on the active roster along with Irving, who helped organize the team.

If Purple & Black advances to the second round of the 64-team tournament, it will play a second-round game on July 23. The Wichita finals will take place on July 25.

Eight teams will compete in the Wichita regional, with Wichita State alumni team Aftershocks once again serving as the main attraction. But there will be at least two reasons for fans to stick around and watch Purple & Black.

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Kellis Robinett covers Kansas State athletics for The Wichita Eagle and The Kansas City Star. A winner of more than a dozen national writing awards, he lives in Manhattan with his wife and four children.


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