Karl-Anthony Towns, Dominican national teamer, leads U.S. in Rising Stars Challenge All-Star Weekend

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Karl-Anthony Towns, a member of the Dominican Republic national team, will represent the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge.

Good thing the NBA classified Towns, who was born in New Jersey, as an American for this All-Star weekend game. Otherwise, the World Team would have have had the two best players – Towns and Timberwolves teammate Andrew Wiggins.

As it stands, Wiggins will lead an international squad that won the first game with the U.S.-against-the-World format last year.

This year’s full rosters:

U.S. Team

World Team

How players were selected:

The NBA’s assistant coaches chose the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, selecting four guards, four frontcourt players and two players at either position for each team.  The coaches also picked a minimum of three first-year players and three second-year players for each team.

The World Team is stacked in the frontcourt, so there was no easy way to get him in. But it’s a shame fan-favorite Boban Marjanovic didn’t make it. There are frequently injury replacements for this game, previously known as the rookie-sophomore challenge. So, maybe the Spurs center will eventually get included.