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February 06, 2015

Philly's Mo'ne Davis to play in NBA Celebrity All-Star Game

Philadelphia's Mo'ne Davis became an instant celebrity when she took the mound for the Taney Dragons in the 2014 Little League World Series. Taking down batter after batter, she gave the phrase "throw like a girl" a new meaning. 

Davis, who earned a roster spot on her high school's varsity girls' basketball team as an eighth-grader, said her real dream is to play basketball at the University of Connecticut. The star athlete will get the chance to show off her hoops skills when she takes the court at Madison Square Garden for the 2015 Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game on Feb. 13.

Comedian Kevin Hart will return to the game, shooting for his fourth consecutive MVP title. Davis may prove to be some real competition for the five-foot-4-inch actor. 

Other celebrities to take the court include "America's Got Talent" host Nick Cannon, Bollywood star Abhishek Bachchan and actor Chadwick Boseman. See the full roster.

One team will be coached by Spike Lee and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" hosts Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg will lead the other.

Singer and actress Keke Palmer will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner," and Canadian band MAGIC! will perform their multiplatinum-selling hit "Rude" during halftime.

This is the first time that the Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game will be held in an NBA arena.

Davis was named Sports Kid of the Year by Sports Illustrated in December 2014.