Pullen becomes the third Wildcat to earn All-American honors from the John R. Wooden Award and the first since Michael Beasley in 2008. The school’s first Wooden All-America honor came to Rolando Blackman in 1981. It marks the fifth All-America accolade for Pullen, who has been named to the third team by The Associated Press, The Sporting News and Yahoo! Sports and the fourth team by FOXSports.com this season. He was selected Tuesday as the 2011 winner of the Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award, which is given to the nation’s top senior, six-foot and under, by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,132 points, Pullen led the Wildcats in 12 statistical categories, including scoring (20.2 ppg.), double-figure scoring games (29), field goals (191), 3-point field goals (74), free throws (170), assists (115), steals (49) and minutes (32.6 mpg.). He led the school to a 23-11 overall record, including a tie for third place in Big 12 play with a 10-6 mark, and the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
Morris led Kansas in scoring in 2010-11 with a 17.2 scoring average. The 6-9 Philadelphia, Pa., forward ranks among the national leaders in field goal percentage at 57.0 percent and his 7.6 rebounds per contest were second on the team. He had two of his nine double-doubles on the season in the NCAA Tournament and he was named to NCAA Southwest Regional All-Tournament team on Sunday.
Named the Most Outstanding Player of the Big 12 Championship, Morris averaged 17.7 points in the three victories of the event. He averaged 18.8 points in league play in 2011. A 2011 USBWA All-America Second Team selection, Morris was named the 2011 Big 12 Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team by the league coaches and had 12 games with 20-plus points. He has led KU in every statistical category at least once during the season. Morris was named Big 12 Player of the Week three times (Nov. 29, Jan. 17 and Feb. 14), a Wooden Award Finalist March 13, a Naismith Mid-Season candidate Feb. 11 and an Oscar Robertson Award finalist Feb. 28.
Voters for the All-American team included nearly 1,000 members of the media who cover college basketball. They were asked to account player performance during the regular season and postseason through the Elite Eight as well as a player’s character and academic performance. Each player on the team had to prove they were making progress toward graduation and maintained at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA.
The top-5 men’s vote-getters will be invited to Los Angeles for the April 8 announcement of the 2011 John R. Wooden Award winner as the college basketball player of the year. The presentation of the trophy will be made as part of the Wooden Award Gala at 6 p.m. PDT that day.