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Kentucky Wildcats well-represented on NBA All-Star Weekend

Kentucky will once again be well-represented during the NBA's All-Star Weekend, set to begin Friday night in Toronto.

Three former Wildcats -- DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and John Wall -- will play in the main event on Sunday, while Karl-Anthony Towns, Devin Booker and Trey Lyles will play in the Rising Stars Challenge. Towns and Booker will represent Team USA while Lyles will suit up for the World team. Nerlens Noel was also chosen for that game, but will not participate due to injury.

The Rising Stars Challenge will air Friday at 9 p.m. ET on TNT following the annual All-Star Celebrity game.

On Saturday, another former Wildcat, DeAndre Liggins, will represent the East squad in the NBA D-League All-Star game at 2 p.m. on NBA TV.

Later Saturday night, Cousins, Davis and Towns will compete in the Skills Challenge, while Booker will be the youngest participant ever in the Three-Point Contest. Those events will be broadcast on TNT at 8 p.m. ET.

The NBA All-Star Game will take place on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on TNT. 

Kentucky's former players are having banner seasons for their respective clubs.

Cousins, who starred at Kentucky during Calipari’s inaugural season as UK’s head coach in 2009-10, is enjoying arguably the finest season of any big man in the league. The Sacramento Kings’ big man is averaging 26.8 points and 11.1 rebounds, the only player to rank in the top five in both categories in the league.

Davis (2011-12) will make his third straight NBA All-Star Game after becoming one of the most dynamic players in the league. The former No. 1 overall pick is currently averaging 20.4 points, 10.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks – second in the NBA – for the New Orleans Pelicans.

Wall (2009-10) has cemented himself as one of the elite point guards in the NBA with his third All-Star appearance. Kentucky’s first-ever No. 1 overall pick ranks third in the league in assists at 9.9 dimes per game and sixth in steals with 2.1 swipes per contest. Those are in addition to his 20.1 scoring average and 4.5 rebound average.

Towns (2014-15), Kentucky’s third No. 1 draft choice in the last six years, leads all rookies with 30 doubles-doubles.  Towns is a leading candidate for Rookie of the Year with a 17.1 scoring average in addition to 10.1 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game.

Noel (2012-13) has enjoyed a solid second season in the NBA (Noel did not play in 2013-14 as he recovered from knee surgery). He’s among the league leaders with 1.6 blocked shots per game while posting 10.8 points and 8.2 rebounds per game for the Philadelphia 76ers.

Lyles (2014-15) has started 29 of 50 games for the Utah Jazz in his rookie campaign. Lyles is averaging 4.6 points, 3.9 rebounds and shooting at a 41.9 percent rate. He’s notched eight double-digit scoring performances including six since Jan. 13.

Booker (2014-15) has emerged as one of the hottest young players in the league over the last month of the season. For the year he is logging 10.6 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game. He’s connected on 56 3-pointers of for the year and owns a 40.3-percent shooting clip from long range.

Liggins (2008-11) is one of the premier players in the NBA Developmental League and is making his second All-Star appearance in the D-League game. Liggins is averaging 13.4 points, 7.0 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 2.6 steals per game for the Sioux Falls Skyforce.

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Friday, Feb. 12

Rising Stars Challenge – 9 p.m. ET – TNT – Booker, Lyles, Noel, Towns

Saturday, Feb. 13

NBA D-League All-Star Game – 2 p.m. ET – NBA TV – Liggins

All-Star Saturday Night – 8 p.m. ET – TNT – Booker, Cousins, Davis, Towns

Sunday, Feb. 14

NBA All-Star Game – 8:30 p.m. ET – TNT – Cousins, Davis, Wall


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