10 former Kentucky Wildcats set to be featured in NBA All-Stars Weekend

Photo Credit: Marc Spears(TheUndeafeated) , Thearon W. Henderson (Getty Images), Associated Press, Bill Steicher (USA Today Sports), Geoff Burke (USA Today Sports), Steve Mitchell (USA Today Sports)

It’s no secret that the Kentucky Men’s Basketball program has produced some talented pros in the NBA. This weekend will feature quite a few, 10 to be exact have been selected to participate in the All-Star festivities.

The event will be held in Los Angeles, California at the Staples Center.

All eyes were on four Wildcats making the main event, the NBA All-Star game in which tied the record for most alumni from a specific college. UCLA is the only other college to have had four All-Stars back in 1983. John Wall, Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins and Karl Anthony Towns were selected to participate. With Boogie tearing his Achilles’ tendon, Wall going down with an aggravated knee and both undergoing surgery, the Wildcats are down to two Cats in the big game. I’m sure next year if everything goes on pace, Kentucky will top the record for most alumni in the very near future.

But, it’s no surprise that Kentucky is all over the other festives too.

Friday Night: Mountain Dew Kick Start Rising Stars Challenge, 9 p.m. ET on TNT

Jamal Murray was the only Cat participating in this challenge for the Worlds side until it was announced that De’Aaron Fox would suit up replacing Lonzo Ball for U.S.A. Murray won MVP honors from last seasons game and he’ll be chasing that again tonight.

Saturday Night: Skills Challenge & 3- Point Shooting Contest, 8 p.m. ET on TNT

Saturday night will feature a pair of Kentucky guards, Jamal Murray and Devin Booker. Murray will participate in the Skills Challenge, while Booker will look to take a win in the 3-Point shooting contest. This is Booker’s second time competing in the 3-Point contest.

Sunday: NBA G-League International Challenge: 4:30 p.m. ET on NBATV

Former Wildcats, Terrence Jones and Aaron Harrison will compete against the Mexican National Team.

The main event, Sunday Night: All-Star game

8 p.m ET on TNT

(Anthony Davis; Starter) (Karl Anthony Towns; reserve)

Obviously there will be no Wall or Boogie, but Anthony Davis will make his third start for the annual NBA game. Will he be able to win MVP for two years in row? Karl Towns will be a reserve off the bench and this is his first appearance in the All-Star weekend. Davis is on Team Lebron in which will be coached by ‘78 Kentucky National Champion, Dwane Casey. Towns will be on Team Curry.



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