Burke shines, Caldwell-Pope struggles in ‘Rising Stars Challenge’

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NBA All-Star Weekend is officially underway as the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge is in the books. The game featured the USA vs. the World and a couple of players with Michigan ties were teammates for the USA team.

Former University of Michigan standout Trey Burke scored 17 points while dishing out 4 assists as the USA lost to the World 121-112. Burke, who currently plays for the Utah Jazz, was very solid as he went 8 for 14 from the field and also contributed 2 steals, unfortunately it was not enough.

Current Detroit Piston Kentavious Caldwell-Pope did not fare as well as Burke did. The second year player went only 3 for 15 from the field and scored 8 points. Caldwell-Pope struggled from the get-go and never really got going, though he kept shooting.

Victor Oladipo and Zach LaVine led the way for the USA squad with 22 points apiece, while Andrew Wiggins was the leading scorer with 22 for the World. Following the conclusion of the game, Wiggins was also named the Most Valuable Player.

All-Star Weekend continues Saturday with four more events, including the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and the Sprite Slam Dunk competition. Sunday will feature the the 64th NBA All-Star Game, which will be played at Madison Square Garden.

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