January 13, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving (2) moves the ball up court against the Los Angeles Lakers during the first half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Rising Stars 2013: Player Pool Announced

The player pool for the 2013 BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, which will be played on Friday of All-Star Weekend, was announced Wednesday afternoon and it did not include New York Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert.

Shumpert, who had an outstanding rookie season a year ago, was passed over for the game then and because he has been injured for most of the 2012-13 campaign, he had very little chance of making it this year.

The rookies are headlined by Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, while the sophomore team features Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving.

The rest of the eligible players to be drafted by Charles Barkley and Shaquille O’Neal look like this:

Jan. 26, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard (0) brings the ball up the court during the fourth quarter of the game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Rose Garden. The Blazers won the game 101-100. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Freshman

Lillard

Harrison Barnes, Golden State Warriors

Bradley Beal, Washington Wizards

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Charlotte Bobcats

Andre Drummond, Detroit Pistons

Alexey Shved, Minnesota Timberwolves

Tyler Zeller, Cleveland Cavaliers

Dion Waiters, Cleveland Cavaliers

Anthony Davis, New Orleans Hornets

Sophomores

Irving

Brandon Knight, Detroit Pistons

Kenneth Faried, Denver Nuggets

Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Chandler Parsons, Houston Rockets

Klay Thompson, Golden State Warriors

Nikola Vucevic (C, Orlando Magic)

Kemba Walker (PG, Charlotte Bobcats)

Tristan Thompson (PF, Cleveland Cavaliers)

Being the oldest team in the NBA, only Shumpert had a chance to make the game for the Knicks, who were represented a year ago by both Landry Fields and Jeremy Lin, who both are no longer with the franchise.

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