Kentavious Caldwell-Pope of the Detroit Pistons will represent Team USA at the NBA Rising Stars Challenge to be held during NBA All-Star weekend. The game features a mix of NBA rookies and sophomores facing off on either Team USA or the World Team.
Among those joining Caldwell-Pope on Team USA will be former Michigan Wolverine and current Utah Jazz Trey Burke, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel from the Philadelphia 76ers and Victor Oladipo from the Orlando Magic.
The World Team includes likely rookie of the year Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves, endless highlight reel Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwakee Bucks, Dennis Schroeder of the Atlanta Hawks and Nikola Mirotic of the Chicago Bulls.
The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge is scheduled for 9 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 13 at Barclays Center. This is the first year the game will pit a team of U.S. players against a team of international players.
Last year, Andre Drummond took home MVP honors during his sophomore campaign, scoring 30 points and collecting 25 rebounds.
KCP has had an up-and-down season for the Detroit Pistons in his second year as his offense remains inconsistent. He has nearly doubled his scoring average from last season, 11.8 points per game, and averages 3.2 rebounds, and 1.1 steals per game.
While his offense is a work in progress, his defense has been NBA ready since day one and it has made him a staple of the rotation in Detroit. He leads the Pistons in minutes played this season and has played more minutes than any first- or second-year player other than Wiggins and Solomon Hill of the Indiana Pacers.
Team USA will be coached by former Pistons head coach and current Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry. The World Team will be coached by Hawks assistant Kenny Atkinson.