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Dillon Pulliam leaving Kentucky for Carnegie Mellon

Kentucky’s roster shakeup continues with an announcement from Dillon Pulliam that he will not return for his senior season.

Pulliam is leaving a year early to pursue his master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering from the esteemed Carnegie Mellon University.

A 4.0 student and a regular on the Dean’s List, the Cynthiana native is all set to graduate this spring with honors.

Here’s his statement:

“Before I say anything, I’d first like to thank God for all he’s done for me over the past three years,” Pulliam said. “When you put your faith in him, it really is amazing the doors he will open for you.”

“As a kid, I always dreamed of playing basketball in college. Having the chance to do that at UK has been life changing and has made these years some of the best of my life. The friendships and memories I’ve made are something I will carry with me forever and they have made all the hard work worth it. I’d like to thank my parents, my family and my friends for always believing in me and pushing me to achieve my goals. I’d also like to thank Coach Cal and the rest of staff, as well as all the incredible people working in UK Athletics, for helping me to grow as a basketball player and as a person. Lastly, I’d like to thank my teammates. Having the chance to be around three separate groups of extremely talented, hard-working, and enjoyable people has made every moment worth it.

“With that said, I’d like to say that this past season has been my final one in a Wildcat jersey. I plan to graduate this spring with a double major in computer engineering and computer science. Next year I plan to pursue my master’s in electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.

“Carnegie Mellon has one of the top engineering and computer science programs in the entire world and there I will have the chance to learn more about the computer systems I hope to one day help design. Big Blue Nation, I truly appreciate all the support I’ve had and I’m really looking forward to this new stage in my life.”

Good luck to Dillon as he moves on to the next stage of his life. He’s clearly on a path to even more success.


John Calipari chimes in:

“Dillon was a great teammate and an important part of what we do in practice every day,” UK head coach John Calipari said. “He earned a partial scholarship at different points because of his contributions. Suffice it to say, he was a great student. I’ve been stopped by professors who ask me, ‘Do you know how smart he is?’ Being from Pittsburgh, I know what it means to be accepted into Carnegie Mellon. I also know my application wouldn’t have even made it to anyone’s desk. I’m just as happy for Dillon as I am for our other guys who go on to pursue their genius in other areas, whether it be in the NBA or in the business world. My guess is Dillon will be in the middle of a program to put people on Mars before it’s all said and done. Proud of him.”

Article written by Drew Franklin

I can recite every line from Forrest Gump, blindfolded. Follow me on Twitter: @DrewFranklinKSR

33 responses to “Dillon Pulliam leaving Kentucky for Carnegie Mellon”

  1. KYcats11

    Opens up a spot for that DePaul kid.

    1. Luether

      Pretty sure team GPA is NOT based on scholarship athletes only…

    2. UK Big Board Update

      Pretty sure Louisville had their banner RMOVED for paying hookers…

      U MAD?

  2. Matty Arbuckle

    Welp, there goes our high team GPA…

    1. UK Big Board Update

      You ever find that Ashton Hagans article you were looking for?

    2. ClutchCargo

      Pretty sure team GPA is based on scholarship athletes only.


    I think we all know Dillon’s biggest contribution was to the APR…don’t get it twisted.

    1. UK Big Board Update

      U mad.

    2. nybrasky

      I’m pretty sure APR is just about guys being in good academic standing and on pace to graduate (or having graduated). That’s why it’s important for the one-and-done guys to finish out the year. Your point stands for team GPA.

    3. UK Big Board Update

      KYFAN4LYFE April 7, 2018 at 1:42 pm | Permalink
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      Oh, so Hagans is just a “UK target” now? Someone on the KSR staff needs to inform Jack Pilgrim then, as he seems to think Hagans has already reclassified to 2018 AND committed to UK.

  4. wadl5592

    Congratulations Dillion I know you will succeed in all you do??

  5. CatstopWontstop

    Going to have to start calling Kentucky “Transfer U” at this rate!

    1. ClutchCargo

      Maybe you missed the part where he graduated in 3 years and is going for a Masters degree at a top shelf engineering school.

    2. UK Big Board Update

      He has no idea what any of that means.

  6. Jiminy Crickets

    Kid lived a dream. He got to hang out with, and be a UK basketball player, something that helps in all phases of life, especially street cred with the co-eds. Now he gets to go fulfill his dream at the NBA of engineering programs.
    Good for him

  7. J-Dub421

    Congrats and best wishes to Dillon!

  8. Bobbum Man

    Can’t wait to hear how cal pushed him out and needs to be fired

    1. runningunnin.454

      Ha ha ha ha…you’re right.

    2. 270to859

      Cal probably ripped up his scholarship like he supposedly did with bam’s

  9. rickwhitetx

    Congratulations Dillion! That’s a very prestigious school you’re going to. Good Luck. We all know you will succeed. Get on their basketball team and show ’em how it’s done!

  10. Catlogic15

    Dillon living the good life for sure.

  11. GuyWhoLikesSports

    what a nerd, am i right

  12. wildcat74


  13. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    “I never heard of a Carnegie Mellon! Which grocery store has them?”
    -Charles Barkley (the dumb one from those stupid commercials, not the real Charles Barkley)

    1. dballrb


  14. RealCatsFan

    I would guess that Dillon’s parents are every bit as proud of his accomplishments as a parent of any five star stud recruit who will be in the NBA. Maybe more so. That is quite an accomplishment to pull down those grades in two challenging majors while also being an athlete. Good luck for a bright future, Dillon!

    1. Catlogic15

      Well said.

  15. BBNDan7

    Why are some of y’all so pathetic?

    1. east-ky-boy

      I agree. Hats off to the kid

  16. dballrb

    Like Jalen Rose said.”He was only on the team to help the TEAM GPA…

    1. MadHatter

      Why you mad?

    2. Sergeant

      You are Jealous of UK and this kid both. But it’s ok lil fella. You can cash that welfare check and get you a taco or something.

  17. chris43

    Good luck!