Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams headline rosters for BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

NEW YORK – The Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, who has won two straight Kia NBA Western Conference Rookie of the Month awards, and the Philadelphia 76ers’ Michael Carter-Williams, last season’s Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, highlight the list of 20 players selected to play in the new-look BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during NBA All-Star 2015.

The league’s annual showcase of premier young talent will debut a format that pits 10 first- and second-year NBA players from the United States against 10 first- and second-year NBA players from around the world. The game, set for Friday, Feb. 13, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, will be televised live by TNT at 9 p.m. ET, part of Turner Sports’ 30th year of All-Star coverage. BBVA Compass is the official bank of the NBA in the U.S. and maintains its role as title partner for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge.

This year’s edition showcases 10 of the top 15 picks from the 2013 NBA Draft  presented by State Farm, and all four participants in the 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk, which will be held during State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays Center.

The World Team is anchored by Wiggins, who leads all rookies in scoring (15.2 ppg). Wiggins is one of two Canadians on the roster, along with the Boston Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk, who is part of a frontcourt that includes the Utah Jazz’s Rudy Gobert, the third-leading shot-blocker in the NBA (2.18 bpg), and the Chicago Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic, the Kia NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for December. The other World Team players are Sprite Slam Dunk entrant Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks, Steven Adams of the Oklahoma City Thunder, Bojan Bogdanovic of the Brooklyn Nets, Gorgui Dieng of the Timberwolves, Dante Exum of the Jazz and Dennis Schroder of the Atlanta Hawks.

Carter-Williams, one of two NBA players averaging at least 15.0 points, 7.0 assists and 6.0 rebounds, is joined on the U.S. Team by Sprite Slam Dunk competitors Zach LaVine of the Timberwolves, Victor Oladipo of the Magic and Mason Plumlee of the Nets. The rookie leader in assists (the Magic’s Elfrid Payton) and the rookie leader in rebounds, blocked shots and steals (the 76ers’ Nerlens Noel) were also selected for the U.S. Team, which is rounded out by Trey Burke of the Jazz, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Detroit Pistons, Shabazz Muhammad of the Timberwolves and Cody Zeller of the Charlotte Hornets.

Both BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge rosters, chosen by the NBA’s assistant coaches, had to include four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at any position. The coaches also picked a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players for each team.

The head coaches for the 21st BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge will be assistants from the 2015 NBA All-Star Game coaching staffs. Hawks assistant coach Kenny Atkinson will guide the World Team, and Golden State Warriors assistant coach Alvin Gentry will lead the U.S. Team.

NBA All-Star 2015 will bring together some of the most talented and passionate players in the league’s history for a global celebration of the game. In addition to the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, TNT will also air State Farm All-Star Saturday Night on Saturday, Feb. 14, at Barclays Center and the 64th NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 15, at Madison Square Garden. Other events at Barclays Center include the NBA Development League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire and the NBA Development League Dream Factory presented by Boost Mobile, both airing Sunday on NBA TV. Madison Square Garden will host Friday night’s ESPN-televised Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game.

Below are the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge and a list of previous results:


Player                                     Team             Pos.   Ht.    Wt.      School          Experience
Trey Burke                             Jazz                  G     6-1    185     Michigan             1
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope  Pistons             G     6-5    205     Georgia               1
Michael Carter-Williams     76ers                G     6-6    190     Syracuse             1
Zach LaVine                          Timberwolves  G    6-5    183     UCLA                 R
Shabazz Muhammad            Timberwolves   F   6-6    227     UCLA                 1
Nerlens Noel                          76ers                 C    6-11  220     Kentucky            R
Victor Oladipo                      Magic                G    6-4    210      Indiana               1
Elfrid Payton                         Magic                G    6-4    185      UL-Lafayette      R
Mason Plumlee                      Nets                   C    6-11  235      Duke                   1
Cody Zeller                            Hornets              F    7-0    240      Indiana                1

Head Coach: Alvin Gentry, Warriors


Player                                     Team        Pos.     Ht.     Wt.  School or Team/Country    Experince
Steven Adams                        Thunder     C        7-0     255    Pittsburgh/New Zealand          1
Giannis Antetokounmpo     Bucks        G/F     6-11   217   Filathlitikos/Greece                 1
Bojan Bogdanovic                Nets           G/F     6-8     216   Fenerbahce Ulker/Croatia        R
Gorgui Dieng                         T’Wolves   C         6-11   233     Louisville/Senegal                   1
Dante Exum                           Jazz           G         6-6     190   Lake Ginninderra/Australia     R
Rudy Gobert                          Jazz           C         7-1     245     Cholet/France                           1
Nikola Mirotic                       Bulls          F         6-10   220   Real Madrid/Montenegro         R
Kelly Olynyk                         Celtics       C         7-0    238       Gonzaga/Canada                       1
Dennis Schroder                   Hawks       G         6-1    168    Phantoms Braunschweig/Germany    1
Andrew Wiggins                   T’Wolves   G/F      6-8    199    Kansas/Canada                          R

Head Coach: Kenny Atkinson, Hawks



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