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Bradley Beal selected to Rookie Challenge pool

Unsurprisingly, Bradley Beal was one of nine rookies named to the pool of players in the 2013 Rookie-Sophomore Challenge, the league announced. Beal joins Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Alexey Shved, Dion Waiters and Tyler Zeller as the rookies named to the competition.

The nine sophomores are Kyrie Irving, Kenneth Faried, Brandon Knight, Kawhi Leonard, Chandler Parsons, Klay Thompson, Tristan Thompson, Nikola Vucevic and Kemba Walker. As expected, neither of the Wizards' two sophomores made the field.

For the second straight year, there will be a draft to determine the teams. You might recall how John Wall was picked 12th last year, causing an uproar around here.