Former Kentucky Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis, John Wall tabbed NBA All-Stars

The Big Blue will be well-represented in this year's NBA All-Star Game.

Three former Kentucky standouts -- DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall -- have been selected to play in this year's event on Feb. 14 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

It marks the third time that Davis and Wall have played in the event, while Cousins will make his second appearance. Wall will play for the East squad; Cousins and Davis for the West.

No other college program has more than two representatives in the All-Star Game.

Cousins is having arguably the best season of any big man in the game, averaging 27.3 points and 11.3 rebounds. He's the only player in the league to rank in the top five of both categories and has posted 26 double-doubles this season. The 6-foot-11 center is coming off a 56-point effort Monday night for Sacramento, tying the King's single-game scoring record.

Davis is once again among the league leaders in player efficiency rating (PER). The former No. 1 overall pick is averaging 22.9 points, 10.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Wall, who was Kentucky's first-ever No. 1 overall draft pick in 2010, has established himself as one of the elite point guards in the league. The Washington Wizards' point guard entered Thursday night's games with a 19.6 scoring average, ranked No. 3 in assists (9.8) and No. 5 in steals (2.1).

Meanwhile, Karl-Anthony Towns and Nerlens Noel have been selected to represent the USA in the Rising Stars Challenge, a matchup against the best young NBA players from across the world.

Towns, UK's third No. 1 overall draft choice, leads all rookies with 23 double-doubles. He is averaging 16.1 points and 9.8 rebounds per game for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Noel is among the league leaders at 1.6 blocked shots per game while posting averages of 10.8 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Rising Stars Challenge will take place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto on Feb. 12 on TNT.


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