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Thursday, 30 January 2014 00:03

Jared Sullinger, Kelly Olynyk Selected for BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge

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The Boston Celtics will be well-represented in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at NBA All-Star weekend.

Jared Sullinger and Kelly Olynyk will be the faces to support the green and white in the weekend festivities, the NBA announced Wednesday.

#BBVACompassRisingStars Field: @AndreDrummondd @T_HardJR @TerrenceJones1 @Dame_Lillard @VicOladipo @KellyOlynyk @MasonPlumlee (2/3)

— NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 29, 2014

#BBVACompassRisingStars Field: @Jared_Sully0 @JValanciunas & @DionWaiters3 (3/3)

— NBA All-Star (@NBAAllStar) January 29, 2014

Sullinger, who was injured throughout the 2012-13 season, has been a force inside the paint with defensive poisitioning and offensive rebounding, and may find himself playing alongside or playing against  his fellow teammate Kelly Olynyk in the game. Sullinger has netted 12.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game this season, and Olynyk has posted 6.6 points and 4.4 rebounds per contest. 

Some of the players that will be participating in the event are Portland's Damian Lillard, Detroit's Andre Drummond, New York's Tim Hardaway Jr., Houston's Terrence Jones, Orlando's Victor Oladipo, Washington's Bradley Beal and more.  

The NBA All-Star weekend begins February 14th. 

Mark Loiselle Jr.

Mark Loiselle Jr. is a Celtics beat writer for CLNS Radio. He currently has a radio show called "The Sports Blast" on ESPN Radio in Nashua, New Hampshire, and writes for The Phinsider. In the past, his work has been published on NESN.com, Phinphanatic.com and Atlantic Twine. 

Mark is a Warwick, Rhode Island native who recently graduated from Springfield College with a degree in communications/sports journalism. You can follow Mark on Twitter @mahkeyL34