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Feb 8, 2013 10:08 AM

Six Former Cats Participating In NBA All-Star Festivities

The 2013 NBA All-Star weekend in Houston will have a True Blue feel to it, with six former Wildcats selected to participate in various All-Star festivities.

On Friday, Feb. 15, Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Brandon Knight will participate in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, featuring two teams drafted by TNT Analysts Charles Barkley and Shaquille O'Neal. Davis and Knight will play on #teamChuck, while Kidd-Gilchrist was selected to play on #teamShaq. Each team will feature ten man rosters, consisting of both NBA rookies and sophomores drafted from a pool previously selected by NBA assistant coaches. The game will air on TNT beginning at 9 p.m.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, at 3 p.m., Terrence Jones will play in the seventh annual NBA D-League All-Star Game. The game will air on NBA TV. Jones was one of 20 NBA Development League's top prospects.

NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm will showcase Knight in the The Taco Bell Skills Challenge. Introduced at NBA All-Star 2003 in Atlanta, The Skills Challenge features six players competing in a two-round timed "obstacle course" consisting of dribbling, passing and shooting stations. All players must observe basic NBA ball-handling rules while completing the course.

Eric Bledsoe will close out the evening in the 2013 Sprite Slam Dunk Contest. All-Star Saturday Night is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. on TNT.

Rajon Rondo was selected to participate in the 2013 NBA All-Star game on Sunday, Feb., 17, however a season-ending knee injury will force him to watch from the sidelines.

NBA All-Star Weekend Former Wildcat Participant Schedule

Friday, Feb. 15 9 p.m. (TNT) - BBVA Rising Stars Challenge (Anthony Davis, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Brandon Knight)

Saturday, Feb. 16 3 p.m. (NBA TV) - NBA D-League All-Star Game (Terrence Jones) 8:30 p.m. ET (TNT) - The Taco Bell Skills Challenge (Brandon Knight) 8:30 p.m. (TNT) - Sprint Slam Dunk Contest (Eric Bledsoe)

Sunday, Feb. 17 8 p.m. (TNT) - NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia (Rajon Rondo)

Photo: Detroit Piston point guard and former Wildcat Brandon Knight (AP)

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