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Trio of NBAers to represent UK in Rising Stars Challenge

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First-round picks Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend. (NBAE/Getty Images) First-round picks Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend. (NBAE/Getty Images)
Though Kentucky lost its lone representative on the NBA All-Star roster when Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend, there will still be plenty of UK flavor at the 2013 NBA All-Star Weekend.

On Wednesday afternoon, the NBA released the rosters for its annual Rising Stars Challenge, which is made up of rookie and second-year players.

Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist of the Charlotte Bobcats will represent UK as rookies in the event. Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons will also represent the Big Blue Nation as a "Sophomore" in the exhibition.

This season, former NBA stars Shaquille O'Neal and Charles Barkley will be head coaches for the game, and each will be picking their team from the pool of rookie and sophomore players. The draft will be held on Feb. 7 and fans are encouraged to vote online at NBA.com for the starters in the game, which kicks off All-Star Weekend on Friday, Feb. 15 in Houston.

The "Rookie-Sophomore" game could potentially reunite Anthony Davis and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist on the same team since teaming up to win the 2012 NCAA National Championship for the University of Kentucky. Regardless, at least two former Wildcats will be paired on the same team and potentially all three could be playing together under Barkley or O'Neal.

Here are the rest of the participants for the Rising Stars Challenge:

ROOKIES
Anthony Davis (Hornets), Damian Lillard (Blazers), Harrison Barnes (Warriors), Brad Beal (Wizards), Andre Drummond (Pistons), Michael Kidd-Gilchrist (Bobcats), Alexey Shved (Timberwolves), Dion Waiters (Cavs) and Tyler Zeller (Cavs).

SOPHOMORES

Kyrie Irving (Cavs), Kenneth Faried (Nuggets), Brandon Knight (Pistons), Kawhi Leonard (Spurs), Chandler Parsons (Rockets), Klay Thompson (Warriors), Tristan Thompson (Cavaliers), Nikola Vucevic (Magic) and Kemba Walker (Bobcats).

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