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Every Friday before the NBA All-Star Game, the top rookies and sophomores in the National Basketball Association face off in the Jordan Rising Stars game on All-Star weekend. This year, the Indiana Pacers will have two representatives that are both rookies.

  1. Bennedict Mathurin
  2. Andrew Nembhard

Mathurin leads the NBA in bench points and is second to Paolo Banchero in scoring out of the entire rookie class. Nembhard on the other hand, has been a steady role player for Rick Carlisle. The Gonzaga graduate has had a variety of roles this season.

  • Point Guard while Tyrese Haliburton was sidelines with knee and elbow injuries
  • Defend the other team’s top scoring guard
  • Move to an off-ball scorer with Haliburton in the lineup

On Wednesday’s edition of the Fan Midday Show with Jimmy Cook and Brendan King, Andrew Nembhard joined the guys to share what it means to him to be recognized as a rising star in the NBA. Other topics the Pacers rookie discussed were:

  • Individual expectations coming into this season
  • First person he talked to after receiving recognition
  • Playing for Mark Few and Rick Carlisle

To listen to Jimmy Cook and Brendan King’s full conversation with Andrew Nembhard, download the podcast containing the interview below! You can always listen to the Fan Midday Show from 12pm-3pm on 93.5/107.5 The Fan, but you can watch and interact with the show by going to the 107.5 The Fan YouTube Channel.

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