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Andrew Nicholson’s selection to Rising Stars Challenge a “Blessing”

2013 February 10

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The Magic already had one roster spot filled on the BBVA Rising Stars Challenge with the selection of Nik Vucevic to play for TEAM CHUCK. Now they have two spots to their credit as Andrew Nicholson was selected today to replace the injured Andre Drummond. Nicholson will play for TEAM SHAQ, meaning that Nicholson and Vucevic will get to face off against each other in the frontcourt.

Nicholson’s phone didn’t take long to start blowing up as the news quickly spread after one tweet from Adrian Wojnarowski that broke the news. Andrew typically doesn’t show much emotion to the media but with this news, he was open and honest.

I’m very excited. It’s definitely a blessing and an opportunity to go out there and represent for the organization the best I can”, Nicholson responded when asked his reaction to his selection.

The Rising Stars Challenge, formerly the Rookie-Sophomore game, features the games best players that are in their first or second year.

“It’s been one of my goals throughout the whole year. And I know I’ve had a good group of guys around me to help me achieve that. I see this more as a team achievement”, citing the veterans of the team and how they’ve helped him establish himself and grow this year.

On facing off against Nik Vucevic on the opposite end it seems he won’t be shy in gunning for his teammate, “It will be pretty fun. We go up against each other in practice all the time so it will definitely be exciting to do that on a stage as big as that.” Coach Vaughn passed on the opportunity to give coaching advice to his pupils when they face off against each other, “I won’t be coaching that night.”

Though Nicholson had to break his All-Star break plans of staying home and heading to the beach, I think he may be OK with that. He quickly added that this is “1000 times better”.

The last time the Orlando Magic were represented in this game was in 2006 when Dwight Howard played for the Sophomores, when the game was also played in Houston.

Full rosters for TEAM CHUCK and TEAM SHAQ after the jump:

TEAM CHUCK

Bradley Beal             Washington      G      6-5    207   Florida/USA                    R

Anthony Davis         New Orleans    F       6-10  220   Kentucky/USA               R

Kenneth Faried         Denver             F       6-8    228   Morehead State/USA      1

Brandon Knight        Detroit             G      6-3    189   Kentucky/USA               1

Kawhi Leonard         San Antonio     F       6-7    225   San Diego State/USA      1

Ricky Rubio             Minnesota        G      6-4    180   FC Barcelona/Spain        1

Alexey Shved           Minnesota        G      6-6    182   CSKA/Russia                  R

Isaiah Thomas          Sacramento      G      5-9    185   Washington/USA            1

Tristan Thompson     Cleveland        F       6-9    227   Texas/Canada                 1

Nikola Vucevic         Orlando           C       7-0    240   USC/USA                       1

 

TEAM SHAQ

Harrison Barnes        Golden State    F       6-8    210   North Carolina/USA       R

Andre Drummond    Detroit             C       6-10  270   Connecticut/USA            R

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist   Charlotte          G-F   6-7    232   Kentucky/USA               R

Kyrie Irving              Cleveland        G      6-3    191   Duke/USA                      1

Damian Lillard          Portland           G      6-3    195   Weber State/USA            R

Chandler Parsons      Houston           F       6-9    207   Florida/USA                    1

Klay Thompson        Golden State    G      6-7    205   Washington State/USA    1

Dion Waiters             Cleveland        G      6-4    215   Syracuse/USA                 R

Kemba Walker          Charlotte          G      6-1    185   Connecticut/USA            1

Tyler Zeller               Cleveland        F/C    7-0    250   North Carolina/USA       R

Andrew Nicholson  Orlando          F         6-9     250   St. Bonaventure/Canada    R

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