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Former Kentucky players shine in Rising Stars Challenge

The 2019 NBA All-Star Weekend got things started last night with the Celebrity Game and the Rising Stars Challenge, and like we’ve gotten used to for nearly an entire decade under John Calipari, Kentucky was represented well.

Former Wildcats De’Aaron Fox, Kevin Knox, and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander all competed in the Rising Stars Challenge, with the first two representing Team USA and the last representing Team World.

Sacramento Kings star De’Aaron Fox led the all participants with 16 assists on the night, coming just six dimes short of the record John Wall set back in 2011.

He only finished with two points on three shots, but he put on a show with his terrific passing ability:

Los Angeles Clippers point guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander finished the day with 15 points on 5-10 shooting and 3-7 from the field in the loss. He also added six assists and three steals in just 20 minutes of action off the bench.

As for New York Knicks forward Kevin Knox, the 6-foot-9 rookie finished with 11 points on 5-9 shooting and 1-3 from three. He also added two rebounds in 16 minutes off the bench.

Former Wildcats Devin Booker and Karl-Anthony Towns were there to watch and support their fellow members of #LaFamilia:

Tonight, Fox will participate in the NBA Skills Challenge, where he is currently favored to win the event over the likes of Luka Doncic, Trae Young, and Mike Conley, among others.

After the Skills Challenge, Devin Booker will suit up in the Three-Point Contest, where he will look to win the event for the second year in a row.

And finally, former Wildcat Hamidou Diallo will participate in the NBA Slam Dunk Contest to close out the evening.

Take an inside look at his very first appearance at All-Star Weekend as an NBA player:

Go for the hat trick tonight, Cats.

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Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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