Bucks forward Jabari Parker has been selected to participate in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during the 2016 NBA All-Star Weekend in Toronto on Feb. 12, the league announced Wednesday.
"It feels great," Parker said after the Bucks' practice session via Charles Gardner. "As a kid you always looked up to those games. When I was young, they had real good classes. So you always watched that game in the beginning.
"It's sort of a dream come true."
Parker will play alongside other young NBA stars such as Minnesota's Karl-Anthony Towns, Los Angeles' D'Angelo Russell and Jordan Clarkson, Philadelphia's Nerlens Noel, plus fellow Chicago native and Dukie Jahlil Okafor on Team U.S. They will go up against Team World, a roster that features New York's Latvian rookie sensation Kristaps Porzingis, along with Denver's Emmanuel Mudiay and the man selected above Parker in the 2014 NBA Draft, Minnesota's Andrew Wiggins.
Here are the rosters for both teams: pic.twitter.com/NX10GnXhQm— Aron Yohannes (@AronYohannes) January 27, 2016
In 41 contests this season, Parker is averaging 11.4 points on 48 percent shooting with 4.6 rebounds per game during his sophomore season.
The game will be televised on TNT at 8 p.m. CT, with the All-Star game scheduled for Feb. 14.