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Bradley Beal selected for Rising Stars Challenge

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Sports,Pick and Roll,Craig Stouffer

Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal was named to the 18-man pool of players for the Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star weekend.

Beal, who is third in scoring among rookies with 13.2 points per game, was one of nine-first year players chosen along with Anthony Davis (New Orleans), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Charlotte), Damian Lillard (Portland), Harrison Barnes (Golden State), Andre Drummond (Detroit), Alexey Shved (Minnesota), Dion Waiters & Tyler Zeller (Cleveland).

With Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson among nine second-year players, the Cavaliers lead all teams with four selections. The rest of the sophomore selections are Kenneth Faried (Denver), Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Chandler Parsons (Houston), Klay Thompson (Golden State), Nikola Vucevic (Orlando), and Kemba Walker (Charlotte).

The rookies will be mixed with sophomores for a second straight season, with teams chosen by TNT analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal on Thursday, Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. The game will take place Friday, Feb. 15, at 9 p.m.

The complete pool:

Harrison Barnes            Golden State     F          6-8      210     North Carolina/USA            R

Bradley Beal                   Washington        G         6-5      207     Florida/USA                            R

Anthony Davis               New Orleans      F          6-10   220     Kentucky/USA                      R

Andre Drummond       Detroit                  C         6-10   270     Connecticut/USA                 R

Kenneth Faried             Denver                 F          6-8      228     Morehead State/USA        1

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist     Charlotte             G-F     6-7      232     Kentucky/USA                      R

Kyrie Irving                     Cleveland            G         6-3      191     Duke/USA                               1

Brandon Knight             Detroit                  G         6-3      189     Kentucky/USA                      1

Kawhi Leonard              San Antonio       F          6-7      225     San Diego State/USA          1

Damian Lillard                Portland               G         6-3      195     Weber State/USA                R

Chandler Parsons         Houston               F          6-9      207     Florida/USA                            1

Alexey Shved                Minnesota          G         6-6      182     CSKA/Russia                           R

Klay Thompson             Golden State     G         6-7      205     Washington State/USA     1

Tristan Thompson        Cleveland            F          6-9      227     Texas/USA                              1

Nikola Vucevic               Orlando                C         7-0      240     USC/USA                                 1

Dion Waiters                  Cleveland            G         6-4      215     Syracuse/USA                       R

Kemba Walker              Charlotte             G         6-1      185     Connecticut/USA                 1

Tyler Zeller          Cleveland            F/C         7-0                          250         North Carolina/USA        R

 

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