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No surprise: Greg Monroe will play in All-Star Weekend's T-Mobile rookie challenge

Per a press release yesterday:

The participants in the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge & Youth Jam were selected by the NBA’s assistant coaches, with each team submitting one ballot.

Joining Evans on the Sophomore team are: San Antonio Spurs center DeJuan Blair, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Toronto Raptors guard DeMar DeRozan, Chicago Bulls forward Taj Gibson, Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday, Oklahoma City Thunder forward/center Serge Ibaka, Milwaukee Bucks guard Brandon Jennings, and Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews.

Washington Wizards guard John Wall, the top selection in the 2010 NBA Draft, joins Griffin on the Rookie team, which also includes: Clippers guard Eric Bledsoe, Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins, New Jersey Nets forward Derrick Favors, New York Knicks guard Landry Fields, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Wesley Johnson, Detroit Pistons center Greg Monroe, and San Antonio Spurs guard Gary Neal.

Monroe was likely the third best rookie in the month of January, averaging nearly 11 points, nine rebounds, and two steals in about 32 minutes per game.

It's the Pistons' first American rookie to play in the game since Mateen Cleaves in 2001. Jerebko played as a rookie last year, Stuckey was a sophomore in the 2009 game, Prince played as a sophomore in the 2004 game, and Zeljko Rebraca played as a rookie in the 2002 game while the late great Chuck Daly was the team's coach.

The game will be held on Friday, February 18 in LA.