Jacob Pullen headlines 2024 Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame class (2024)

arne green, topeka capital-journal

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MANHATTAN — Kansas State basketball's all-time leading scorer is finally getting his due.

Jacob Pullen, who scored a school-record 2,132 points and helped lead the Wildcats to four postseason appearances including an NCAA Tournament Elite Eight, headlines a list of 10 individuals named Friday to the 2024 class of the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame.

Pullen is one of two men's basketball standouts in the class, along with sharpshooter Askia Jones. Also included are former Wildcat football stars Kevin Lockett and Nick Leckey, coach Deb Patterson and former career scoring leader Diana Miller representing women's basketball, NCAA champion high jumper Scott Sellers, all-time volleyball great Kim Zschau and longtime athletics supporters Carl and Mary Ice.

"This year's class of 10 individuals is a phenomenal group, and we are thrilled to welcome them into the K-State Athletics Hall of Fame," Kenny Lannou, executive associate athletics director for communications and the hall of fame chairperson, said in a statement. "Each of these inductees have made a lasting impact on K-State Athletics and Kansas State University, and we look forward to welcoming them back to Manhattan this fall for a special induction weekend."

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The 14th class in the history of the hall of fame, including the 1990 charter class, will be honored during the weekend of Aug. 30. The induction ceremony is set to take place on Aug. 30 before the inductees are recognized at halftime of the Wildcats' 2024 season football opener against Tennessee-Martin at Bill Snyder Family Stadium the following night.

Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame class of 2024

Deb Patterson — Patterson is the all-time wins leader at K-State after compiling a 350-226 record over 18 seasons as head coach from 1996-2014, including nine NCAA Tournament appearances, nine 20-win seasons and a WNIT championship in 2006.

Carl and Mary Ice — The longtime supporters of both university and athletics projects and programs serve together on the KSU Foundation board of directors among numerous other contributions.

Askia Jones — Jones helped lead K-State to four postseason appearances under coaches Lon Kruger and Dana Altman from 1989-94, and his 1,834 points rank fourth in K-State history. He is best known for his 62-point performance against Fresno State in the 1994 postseason NIT.

Nick Leckey — Leckey, a first-team All-America center in 2023 as a football senior in 2023, did not allow a sack in a K-State career that included 41 straight starts. He was a first-team Big 12 all-conference pick in 2002 and '03 and helped lead the Wildcats to a conference championship in 2003. He was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals, spent seven seasons in the NFL and won a Super Bowl championship with the New Orleans Saints.

Kevin Lockett — Lockett was a third-team All-American and two-time all-conference wide receiver in 1995 and '96 under coach Bill Snyder. He was picked in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and played seven years in the NFL.

Diana Miller — Miller completed her K-State basketball career in 1991 as the team's all-time scoring leaders, and she currently ranks seventh all time with 1,705 points. She was a first-team All-Big Eight pick in 1990 and '91, averaging 19.2 points and 6.1 rebounds per game as a senior in 1990-91.

Jacob Pullen — Pullen helped lead K-State to 95 victories, including three NCAA Tournaments and an NIT appearance from 2007-11. He helped the Wildcats to the Elite Eight as a junior in 2010 and averaged 20.2 points during an All-America senior season in 2010-11.

Scott Sellers — Sellers was a three-time NCAA high jump champion, winning the outdoor title in 2007 and both the indoor and outdoor crowns in 2009. He is currently No. 2 all time in K-State history with an indoor mark of 7 feet, 6 inches and outdoor clearance of 7-7 3/4.

Kim Zschau — Zschau was a two-time All-Big 12 volleyball pick in 1997 and '98 and is one of four players in K-State history with 1,000-plus kills and digs and one of two players with three seasons of 300-plus kills and digs.

Arne Green is based in Salina and covers Kansas State University sports for the Gannett network. He can be reached atagreen@gannett.comor on Twitter at @arnegreen.

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Jacob Pullen headlines 2024 Kansas State Athletics Hall of Fame class (2024)
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