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With the exhibition basketball game now ten days away, the 16-man roster for "Jimmer's All-Stars: Presented by Zions Bank" has been finalized.
Today's news brings to eight the number of NBA Draft first-round selections on the roster. Also included are five second-round picks, two free agents and Jimmer Fredette's former BYU teammate Jackson Emery.
The official roster finalization announcement was released by the game organizers earlier today:
MCLEAN, VA/PROVO, UT — September 12, 2011 — Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank has today announced the remaining participants for the exhibition game on September 22 at the Marriott Center in Provo.
The additions feature four more first round picks from June's draft including Bismack Biyombo, Kenneth Faried, Tobias Harris and Chris Singleton.
Also, five second round selections including Tyler Honeycutt, Charles Jenkins, Malcolm Lee, Vernon Macklin and Isaiah Thomas along with undrafted free agents Xavier Silas and Chris Wright will compete in the game. These players will join Fredette, Kawhi Leonard, Kemba Walker, Nolan Smith and Jackson Emery in the one night only exhibition event.
In addition, a portion of the proceeds from the game will to go the Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA) to fund a nationwide awareness campaign in 2012. Vestibular Disorder is an illness close to the Fredette family. VEDA's 2011 annual awareness week is September 18-24.
"I am really excited about our final group of players as we have some great names who really had talented careers in college and are now looking forward to taking their game to the pro level," said Fredette. "Each player is extremely competitive and has their own unique style that the fans in Provo will love to see play. It also means a lot to me that we are able to support the Vestibular Disorders Association which is a cause that is near and dear to my family."
As was announced on Saturday, Jimmer's All-Stars Presented by Zions Bank has consolidated games into a one night only event in Provo. Fans who have already purchased tickets for the game in Salt Lake City will have the option to receive a comparable ticket in Provo or a full refund given at their ticket point of purchase. BYUtv will televise the game in Provo nationally on their network and KSL Newsradio (102.7 FM/1160 AM) will broadcast the game locally.
Biographical Information about the remaining players:
Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats, first round, seventh overall), a native of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, made his professional debut in the Spanish ACB League with Fuenlabrada earlier this year and participated in the 2011 Nike Hoops Summit for the World Select Team.
Three-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year, Kenneth Faried (Denver Nuggets, first round, 22nd overall) also garnered NABC Defensive Player of the Year accolades in 2011. In his senior season, Faried led the nation in double-doubles with 27 and is tied for second all-time in Division I history with 84 career double-doubles.
Tobias Harris (Milwaukee Bucs, first round, 19th overall) earned numerous honors after one season with Tennessee, including USBWA Freshman All-America Second Team. Harris scored 15 or more points in 22 games and was named to the All-SEC Second Team and SEC All-Freshman Team.
An All-Pac-10 First Team honoree, Tyler Honeycutt (Sacramento Kings, second round, 35th overall) registered nine career double-doubles in his two years at UCLA. Leading the Pac-10 and team in blocked shots last season, Honeycutt ranks third on UCLA's single season list.
Charles Jenkins (Golden State Warriors, second round, 44th overall) holds Hofstra's scoring record, having posted 2,513 points in 128 career games with the Pride. The Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Year, Jenkins is one of 63 players in NCAA history to score 2,500 career points.
A teammate of Tyler Honeycutt's at UCLA, Malcolm Lee (Minnesota Timberwolves, second round, 43rd overall) earned First Team All-Pac-10 accolades and was a member of the Pac-10 All-Defensive Team. UCLA's Outstanding Defensive Player and co-Most Valuable Player, Lee scored 20 or more points in the final five games of the 2011 season.
Starting 69 of 71 career games at Florida, Vernon Macklin (Detroit Pistons, second round, 52nd overall) scored in double digits 46 times for the Gators. Macklin was also part of the regular-season SEC Championship Team in 2011 and played for Georgetown his first two seasons.
A First Team All-Mid-Atlantic Conference honoree, Xavier Silas ranked seventh in the nation in scoring his final season with Northern Illinois. Earning MAC West Division Player of the Week on five occasions in 2011, Silas also garnered National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 14 First Team accolades.
Back-to-back ACC Defensive Player of the Year, Chris Singleton (Washington Wizards, first round, 18th overall) helped lead Florida State to three-straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Named All-ACC Third Team in 2010 and 2011, Singleton was also a two-time ACC All-Defensive Team selection.
An Honorable Mention AP All-American, Isaiah Thomas (Sacramento Kings, second round, 60th overall) was a first team All-Pac-10 honoree in 2011. Ranking six on Washington's all-time scoring list with 1,721 career points, Thomas posted 10 or more points in 92 of 105 games while with the Huskies.
Chris Wright helped lead Dayton to post-season play each of his four years with the Flyers, including capturing the 2010 NIT Championship. Averaging 13.0 points and 7.2 rebounds per game in his career, Wright finished 15th all-time in Dayton's scoring history and holds the school's career blocks record.
Marriott Center box office: 500 E. University Pkwy Provo