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Utah Jazz guards Rodney Hood and Raul Neto selected to participate in BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

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Congrats guys!

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The NBA announced the rosters for the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge today. And it's bitter sweet news for Utah Jazz fans. I know we're all saddened by the NBA overlooking the contributions of Tibor Pleiss, but, okay, I can't even keep that shtick up. The Good News is that our starting back-court of Raul Neto (PG) and Rodney Hood (SG/SF) have been selected to play for the World team and the United States respectively. Of course, politics will make sure both of them aren't starting.

It's also politics that has us lamenting the non-inclusion of our guy Trey Lyles. Lyles, a Canadian, would probably be a nice fit for the World Team this All-Star Weekend. The All-Star Weekend is hosted by the Toronto Raptors this year, and everything is up there in Canada (aka "White Vegas"). Lyles was NOT selected for the team though, while Dwight Powell was. Powell is also Canadian, but he's from Toronto, while Lyles is from the much smaller market area of Canada called the Prairies, and a much smaller metro area called Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. (About one fourth the population of the Salt Lake City Metro area.) So Lyles didn't make it despite being in my mind a more versatile and capable player.

But here are the rosters for both squads.

Team USA TM HT WT POS City St NCAA Team G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PRASB
1 Elfrid Payton ORL 6 4 185 1 Marrero LA La. Lafayette 40 29.6 11.2 3.6 5.9 1.3 0.2 22.2
2 Jordan Clarkson LAL 6 5 194 1 2 San Antonio TX Missouri 45 32.1 15.1 3.8 2.5 1.2 0.2 22.8
3 Jabari Parker MIL 6 8 250 3 4 Chicago IL Duke 41 28.0 11.4 4.6 1.4 0.8 0.4 18.6
4 Nerlens Noel PHI 6 11 228 4 5 Malden MA Kentucky 40 29.3 10.5 8.3 1.3 1.6 1.6 23.3
5 Karl-Anthony Towns MIN 7 0 244 5 4 Metuchen NJ Kentucky 46 29.3 16.1 9.7 1.4 0.7 1.8 29.6
6 D'Angelo Russell LAL 6 5 195 1 Louisville KY Ohio St 45 27.0 12.2 3.6 3.3 1.2 0.2 20.4
7 Zach LaVine MIN 6 5 189 1 2 Bothell WA UCLA 46 23.2 12.0 3.1 3.2 0.7 0.1 19.1
8 Marcus Smart BOS 6 4 220 1 2 Flower Mound TX Oklahoma St 25 27.1 9.2 4.5 3.2 1.7 0.4 19.0
9 Rodney Hood UTA 6 8 206 2 3 Meridian MS Duke 42 30.5 13.8 3.2 2.6 0.9 0.2 20.7
10 Jahlil Okafor PHI 6 11 275 5 4 Fort Smith AR Duke 41 30.8 17.4 7.3 1.2 0.4 1.1 27.5

vs.

The World TM HT WT POS City St Country G MPG PPG RPG APG SPG BPG PRASB
1 Emmanuel Mudiay DEN 6 5 200 1 Arlington TX USA 31 29.6 11.0 3.3 5.7 1.0 0.6 21.6
2 Andrew Wiggins MIN 6 8 199 2 3 Toronto ON Canada 45 35.0 20.8 3.8 1.8 0.8 0.6 27.8
3 Bojan Bogdanovic BKN 6 8 216 3 Mostar HZ Bosnia & Herz. 46 27.0 9.5 3.4 1.1 0.5 0.1 14.6
4 Clint Ndumba-Capela HOU 6 10 240 4 5 Geneva GN Switzerland 46 21.6 7.6 7.1 0.8 0.9 1.2 17.6
5 Kristaps Porzingis NYK 7 3 240 4 5 Liepaja LP Latvia 47 28.3 14.0 7.8 1.2 0.8 1.7 25.5
6 Raulzinho Neto UTA 6 1 179 1 Belo Horizonte MG Brazil 43 19.0 5.7 1.4 2.3 0.9 0.0 10.3
7 Mario Hezonja ORL 6 8 218 2 3 Dubrovnik BN Croatia 41 13.7 4.6 1.7 1.0 0.2 0.1 7.6
8 Nikola Mirotic CHI 6 10 220 4 3 Podgorcia PG Montenegro 44 24.0 10.6 5.9 1.4 0.9 0.7 19.5
9 Dwight Powell DAL 6 11 240 4 5 Toronto ON Canada 45 17.0 6.8 4.8 0.7 0.6 0.5 13.4
10 Nikola Jokic DEN 6 10 250 5 Sombor WB Serbia 43 19.0 9.0 5.4 1.7 0.9 0.5 17.5

It's going to be fun to see them both in the game, a tradition that many former Jazz players have enjoyed over the various incarnations of the "Rookie Game". (East vs. West, Rookies vs. Sophs, Mixed selection, and now USA vs. The World.) For those who care, the players were Bryon Russell, Andrei Kirilenko (x2), Deron Williams (x2), Paul Millsap (x2), Ronnie Brewer, Derrick Favors, Gordon Hayward, Trey Burke (x2), Dante Exum, and Rudy Gobert.

Once again, congrats to Raul and Rodney, make us proud!