Alperen Sengun, Franz Wagner featured in 2022 Rising Stars player pool

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Rockets’ Alperen Sengun and Magic’s Franz Wagner are among the players featured on the pool for the Rising Stars Challenge of the 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend

By Eurohoops team /

The revamped Rising Stars challenge will feature two European players in its 2022 edition, as Houston Rockets‘ Alperen Sengun and Orlando Magic‘s Franz Wagner have been selected in the player pool, as announced by NBA on Tuesday. The selection also features Rookie of the Year candidates Evan Mobley and Cade Cunningham and sophomore stars LaMelo Ball and Anthony Edwards.

2022 Rising Stars Roster:


Scottie Barnes, Toronto Raptors
Cade Cunningham, Detroit Pistons
Ayo Dosunmu, Chicago Bulls
Chris Duarte, Indiana Pacers
Josh Giddey, Oklahoma City Thunder
Jalen Green, Houston Rockets
Herbert Jones, New Orleans Pelicans
Davion Mitchell, Sacramento Kings
Evan Mobley, Cleveland Cavaliers
Alperen Sengun, Houston Rockets
Jalen Suggs, Orlando Magic
Franz Wagner, Orlando Magic


Precious Achiuwa, Toronto Raptors
Cole Anthony, Orlando Magic
LaMelo Ball, Charlotte Hornets
Desmond Bane, Memphis Grizzlies
Saddiq Bey, Detroit Pistons
Anthony Edwards, Minnesota Timberwolves
Tyrese Haliburton, Sacramento Kings
Tyrese Maxey, Philadelphia 76ers
Jaden McDaniels, Minnesota Timberwolves
Isaac Okoro, Cleveland Cavaliers
Isaiah Stewart, Detroit Pistons
Jae’Sean Tate, Houston Rockets

G-League Ignite:

MarJon Beauchamp
Dyson Daniels
Jaden Hardy
Scoot Henderson


In a new format, 28 players — comprising 12 rookies, 12 sophomores and four members of the NBA G League Ignite developmental squad; see roster below — will be drafted onto four teams coached by 75th Anniversary Team members Rick Barry, Gary Payton, Isiah Thomas and James Worthy to compete in three games on Friday, Feb. 18 (9 p.m. ET, TNT).

The Rising Stars Draft will consist of seven rounds, with the 24 NBA players selected in the first six rounds and the NBA G League Ignite players going in the seventh. The order of selection in the first round will be determined by random drawing, with the pick order reversing in each subsequent round.

Each game will be played to a Final Target Score, ending with a made basket or free throw instead of with the clock running out. It will be a “Race to 75” to celebrate the league’s 75th anniversary season — Games 1 and 2 will be played until a team reaches 50 points; Game 3 will be played until a team reaches 25 points.

Tournament Bracket:

Game 1: Team A vs. Team B
Game 2: Team C vs. Team D
Game 3: Winner of Game 1 vs. Winner of Game 2


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