Golden State Warriors forward Harrison Barnes has been selected to participate in the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star Weekend on February 14 in New Orleans, the league announced today.
Barnes, the seventh overall selection of the 2012 NBA Draft, is averaging 10.1 points and 3.9 rebounds in 42 games this season, while shooting 41.7 percent from the field and 40.2 percent from three-point range. In 15 starts, Barnes is averaging 14.3 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.2 assists. A First Team All-Rookie selection in 2012-13, the North Carolina product was voted by the fans to start in the Rising Stars Challenge last season, tallying 12 points in 19 minutes for TEAM SHAQ.
Barnes will be the third Warrior to participate in the Rising Stars Challenge as both a rookie and sophomore, joining Stephen Curry (2010 & 2011) and Jason Richardson (2002 & 2003), giving the Warriors at least one representative in the game in four of the last five seasons. Barnes will join Curry at NBA All-Star Weekend after Curry was voted to start the All-Star Game, becoming the first Warrior to start the game since Latrell Sprewell in 1995.
The 18 selected rookies and sophomores, who were chosen by vote of NBA assistant coaches, will be mixed together on teams for a third-straight year. The BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Draft is scheduled for Thursday, February 6, televised on TNT at 4 p.m. PST. General Managers for the two teams will be announced at a later date.
Following the announcement of each team on February 6, fans will be able to vote online from both their computer and mobile device for the starters of each team. The starting lineups will be determined by the players garnering the top votes for their respective positions, with two backcourt and three frontcourt spots for each team. The announcement of the starting lineup will be made in broadcast and in-arena on the night of the game.
The BBVA Rising Stars Challenge will be played on Friday, February 14 at 6 p.m. PST at the New Orleans Arena, site Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game. The game will be televised nationally on TNT and broadcast live on ESPN Radio.