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Friday's Bucks News: Malcolm Brogdon excited to participate in Rising Stars Challenge

Pumped up: Just how excited is Bucks rookie guard Malcolm Brogdon about playing in Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night in New Orleans? Well, he had his bags packed already early in the week for his trip to the "Big Easy". "I’m excited; I’m excited to represent the Bucks," said Brogdon, whom the Bucks stole in the second round of the 2016 draft. “Just the excitement of playing in the (Rising Stars Challenge) and watching Giannis (Antetokounmpo) in the All-Star Game is going to be special. "I think it’s an honor. Not a lot of people are given that opportunity so, like I said, I’m excited." -- Woelfel's Press Box

Brogdon not playing second fiddle in rookie season: Malcolm Brogdon is up first on the NBA all-star weekend. The Milwaukee Bucks rookie is playing for the U.S. team in the Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night, a game featuring the league’s top first- and second-year players. The 24-year-old Brogdon clearly has earned his way to the honor while ranking among the top rookies in several categories this season. -- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel