Rookies Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey lead Rising Stars roster

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The NBA revealed Tuesday the 28 players who will compete in the Rising Stars Challenge, now being sponsored by Jordan Brand, on Feb. 17 as part of All-Star Weekend in Salt Lake City.

Orlando Magic forward and No. 1 overall draft pick Paolo Banchero, Houston Rockets forward Jabari Smith Jr. and Detroit Pistons guard Jaden Ivey were among 11 rookies the NBA named to the game. The player pool also includes 10 second-year players and seven players from the NBA G League.

Following last year’s format change, four honorary coaches will draft teams of seven players for a four-team tournament. Retired NBA stars Pau Gasol, Joakim Noah, Deron Williams and Jason Terry will serve as the coaches.

The G League was incorporated into the game for the first time last season, with four members of G League Ignite getting invited. This season, in addition to four Ignite prospects who are preparing for future NBA drafts — including Scoot Henderson — the NBA also chose Kenneth Lofton Jr. of the Memphis Hustle (Memphis Grizzlies), Mac McClung of the Delaware Blue Coats (Philadelphia 76ers) and Scotty Pippen Jr. of the South Bay Lakers (Los Angeles Lakers).

McClung, a 6-foot-2 guard, will also become the first G League player to participate in the Slam Dunk Contest.

The full player pool is as follows:

Paolo Banchero, Orlando
Jalen Duren, Detroit
AJ Griffin, Atlanta
Jaden Ivey, Detroit
Walker Kessler, Utah
Bennedict Mathurin, Indiana
Keegan Murray, Sacramento
Andrew Nembhard, Indiana
Jabari Smith Jr., Houston
Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio
Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City

Jose Alvarado, New Orleans
Scottie Barnes, Toronto
Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City
Jalen Green, Houston
Quentin Grimes, New York
Bones Hyland, Denver
Evan Mobley, Cleveland
Trey Murphy III, New Orleans
Alperen Sengun, Houston
Franz Wagner, Orlando

G League players
Sidy Cissoko, G League Ignite
Scoot Henderson, G League Ignite
Mojave King, G League Ignite
Kenneth Lofton Jr., Memphis Hustle
Mac McClung, Delaware Blue Coats
Leonard Miller, G League Ignite
Scotty Pippen Jr., South Bay Lakers

–Field Level Media

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