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Updated: February 8th, 2012 2:33pm
Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams to represent Wolves in Rising Stars game

Ricky Rubio, Derrick Williams to represent Wolves in Rising Stars game

by Tom Pelissero
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Ricky Rubio and Derrick Williams will represent the Minnesota Timberwolves at All-Star weekend later this month in Orlando.

The team announced on Wednesday that Rubio and Williams have been selected to play in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 24 at the Amway Center in Orlando.

For the first time, rookies and sophomores will be mixed together on the two tems for the game, with former All-Stars Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal serving as general managers and selecting players for their respective nine-game rosters in a draft on Feb. 16.

Participants were selected by NBA assistant coaches, with one ballot per team. Others selected for the game are: rookies MarShon Brooks (New Jersey), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland), Brandon Knight (Detroit), Kawhi Leonard (San Antonio), Markieff Morris (Phoenix), Tristan Thompson (Cleveland) and Kemba Walker (Charlotte); and sophomores DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento), Landry Fields (New York), Paul George (Indiana), Blake Griffin (L.A. Clippers), Gordon Hayward (Utah), Greg Monroe (Detroit), Tiago Splitter (San Antonio), Evan Turner (Philadelphia) and John Wall (Washington).

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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