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2017 Rising Stars Challenge Rosters announced - Jan 25, 2017

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Joel Embiid
The Minnesota Timberwolves' Karl-Anthony Towns (7'0''-F/C-95, college: Kentucky), last season's unanimous NBA Rookie of the Year, and the Philadelphia 76ers' Joel Embiid (7'0''-C-94, college: Kansas), who has won both NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month awards this season, highlight the list of 20 players selected by the league's assistant coaches to play in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, Feb. 17 during NBA All-Star 2017 in New Orleans. For the third consecutive year, the league's annual showcase of premier young talent will pit 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the U.S. against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. The game will be televised live by TNT at 9 p.m. ET. Towns, who helped the U.S. Team defeat the World Team 157-154 in last year's Rising Stars Challenge, is one of two NBA players averaging at least 22.0 points and 11.0 rebounds this season (the New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis is the other). The U.S. Team also features the Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker (6'6''-SG-96, college: Kentucky), who is averaging 20.6 points and has scored at least 20 in each of his last 10 games, and the Indiana Pacers' Myles Turner (6'11''-C/F-96, college: Texas), who ranks third in the NBA in blocked shots (2.30 bpg) to go with 15.7 points and 7.6 rebounds. Joining Towns, Booker and Turner on the U.S. Team are Malcolm Brogdon (6'5''-G-92, college: Virginia) of the Milwaukee Bucks, Marquese Chriss (6'9''-F-97, college: Washington) of the Suns, Brandon Ingram (6'8''-SF-97, college: Duke) and D'Angelo Russell (6'5''-SG-96, college: Ohio St.) of the Los Angeles Lakers, Frank Kaminsky (7'0''-F-93, college: Wisconsin) of the Charlotte Hornets, Jahlil Okafor (6'11''-C-95, college: Duke) of the 76ers and Jonathon Jonathan Simmons (6'6''-G-89, college: Houston) of the San Antonio Spurs.
The World Team is anchored by Embiid (Cameroon), who leads all rookies in scoring (19.8 ppg), rebounding (7.8 rpg) and blocks (2.47 bpg), as well as two members of the 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team in Serbian center Nikola Jokic (6'10''-C-95, agency: BeoBasket) of the Denver Nuggets (15.2 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 3.9 apg this season) and Latvian forward Kristaps Porzingis (7'3''-C/F-95) of the New York Knicks (18.9 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.92 bpg). Jokic is one of three Nuggets players on the World Team, along with Emmanuel Mudiay (6'5''-G-96, agency: Three Eye Sports) (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Jamal Murray (6'6''-F/G-97, college: Kentucky) (Canada). Rounding out the World Team are Dante Exum (6'6''-PG-95) (Australia) and Trey Lyles (6'9''-F/G-95, college: Kentucky) (Canada) of the Utah Jazz, Buddy Hield (6'4''-G-93, college: Oklahoma) (Bahamas) of the Pelicans, Domantas Sabonis (6'10''-F/C-96, college: Gonzaga) (Lithuania) of the Oklahoma City Thunder and Dario Saric (6'10''-PF-94, agency: BeoBasket) (Croatia) of the 76ers. NBA opening night rosters for the 2016-17 season featured a record 113 international players from a record 41 countries and territories. This marked the third consecutive season that opening night rosters included at least 100 international players and that all 30 teams had at least one international player. The NBA's assistant coaches chose the rosters for the 2017 Rising Stars Challenge, with each of the league's 30 teams submitting one ballot per coaching staff. Coaches selected four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position group for each team. They also picked a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players for each team. The head coaches for the NBA Rising Stars Challenge will be lead assistant coaches from the 2017 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. The East and West coaching staffs are determined by the best record in each conference through games played on Sunday, Feb. 5. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and his staff have earned the honor for the West, while the East coaching staff has yet to be determined. Below are the rosters for the 2017 NBA Rising Stars Challenge and a list of past results:  

Florida High hires Charlie Ward as boys basketball coach - 2 days ago
There are those who feel Florida State quarterback great Charlie Ward spurned the NFL after winning the 1993 Heisman Trophy. Ward proved those doubters wrong, becoming a first-round NBA draft pick who played 11 years of high-level basketball. Now, Ward's first head coaching job back in Tallahassee won't be in football. It will be as Florida High's head basketball coach in what amounts to Ward's first head coaching opportunity in the sport. The past four years, he was head football coach a...   [read more]
Jose Perez to enroll at Gardner-Webb - 18 days ago
Jose Perez of Putnam Science Academy in Putnam, Connecticut, has committed to Gardner-Webb University. "I am the first person in my family to go to college on a full scholarship to a Division 1 school". Perez stated in a Twitter post, adding that "these past three years have been a roller coaster ride". Before transferring to Putnam Science, Perez played at Wings Academy in Bronx, New York. He will join a Gardner-Webb team that is 14-18 in this current season. A 6'6'' wing player, Perez...   [read more]
Gacs and Morgan County pose terrific Final Four match-ups - 20 days ago
Greater Atlanta Christian and Morgan County lock horns at 4 p.m. on Saturday at Armstrong Atlantic in Savannah, Georgia. We make the case for each team. The case for Morgan County Tyrin Lawrence and Alec Woodard made waves with their performance at last year's Craig Sager Memorial Tournament. It was at this tournament that I pegged these two junior guards as future Division I players and thus far they have gone on to have an impressive season. The two of them had moments of dominance, pl...   [read more]

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