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Rosters Released for US vs. World Rising Stars Challenge

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The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, last season’s Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, and teammate Karl-Anthony Towns, who has won two straight Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards, highlight the list of 20 players selected to play in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 12 at Air Canada Centre in Toronto during NBA All-Star 2016.

For the second consecutive year, the league’s annual showcase of premier young talent will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world.  TNT will televise the game live at 9 p.m. ET, part of Turner Sports’ 31st year of All-Star coverage.

The NBA’s assistant coaches chose the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, selecting four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position for each team.

Here are the rosters:


Jordan Clarkson             Lakers          G         6-5       194     Missouri

Rodney Hood                Jazz              G         6-8       206     Duke

Zach LaVine                 Wolves            G       6-5       189     UCLA

Nerlens Noel                  76ers             F/C      6-11     228     Kentucky

Jahlil Okafor                  76ers             C         6-11     275     Duke

Jabari Parker                   Bucks           F          6-8       250     Duke

Elfrid Payton                 Magic           G         6-4       185     UL-Lafayette

D’Angelo Russell           Lakers          G         6-5       195     Ohio State

Marcus Smart                 Celtics          G         6-4       220     Oklahoma State

Karl-Anthony Towns     Wolves        C        7-0       244     Kentucky


Bojan Bogdanovic         Nets              G/F      6-8       216     Fenerbahce/Croatia

Clint Capela                   Rockets        F/C      6-10     240     Elan Chalon/Switzerland

Mario Hezonja               Magic           G/F      6-8       218     FC Barcelona/Croatia

Nikola Jokic                   Nuggets        C         6-10     250     KK Mega Vizura/Serbia

Nikola Mirotic                Bulls             F          6-10     220     Real Madrid/Montenegro

Emmanuel Mudiay       Nuggets     G         6-5      200     Guangdong/Rep. of Congo

Raul Neto                        Jazz              G         6-1       179     UCAM Murcia/Brazil

Kristaps Porzingis          Knicks          F/C      7-3       240     Cajasol Sevilla/Latvia

Dwight Powell               Mavericks     F/C      6-11     240     Stanford/Canada

Andrew Wiggins           Wolves        G/F   6-8       199     Kansas/Canada



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