Hornets’ Zeller to play in Rising Stars Challenge

 Cody Zeller is averaging career highs in points (7.6) and rebounds (5.5)

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A breakout year for Cody Zeller landed the Hornets forward a spot in All-Star Weekend.

Zeller was selected for the Rising Stars Challenge, which will be played Feb. 13 as part of the festivities in New York.

Zeller is one of 10 first- and second-year players from the United States, who will take on a 10-player team from players around the world.

This season, Zeller is averaging career highs in points (7.6) and rebounds (5.5), while also shooting a career-best field-goal percentage of .451 (119-264) and free-throw percentage of .750 (96-128).

Joining Zeller on the U.S. squad are Trey Burke (Jazz), Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (Pistons), Michael Carter-Williams (76ers), Zach LaVine (Timberwolves), Shabazz Muhammad (Timberwolves), Nerlens Noel (76ers), Victor Oladipo (Magic), Elfrid Payton (Magic) and Mason Plumlee (Nets).

The World roster includes the Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins and Celtics’ Kelly Olynyk (both are Canadian), the Hawks’ Dennis Schroder (Hawks), Jazz’s Dante Exum (Australia) and Rudy Gobert (France), Bulls’ Nikola Mirotic (Montenegro), Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo (Greece), Thunder’s Steven Adams (New Zealand), Nets’ Bojan Bogdanovic (Croatia) and Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng (Senegal).