Kentavious Caldwell-Pope has been the epitome of a no-frills rookie, one who pays very little attention to outside opinion and doesn’t try to step outside of his lane.

However, his raised left eyebrow when the subject of not being selected for the Rookie Challenge being held on All-Star weekend next month might give a small glimpse into a prideful player who wants to prove to the world he’s worthy.

“It could’ve went either way like it did. I was expecting to go, but it is what it is,” Caldwell-Pope said.

Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond participated as rookies in the game, and both were surprised Caldwell-Pope didn’t follow suit. When Monroe saw the media gathered around Caldwell-Pope, he could be heard saying, “Wait, he didn’t make it?”

Drummond will be the only Piston playing in the game as Kyle Singler, who was eligible as a second-year player, was excluded from the pool as well. Drummond sent out a tweet expressing his displeasure Wednesday.

“I was a little shocked,” Drummond said. “I thought he and Kyle deserved it.”

Caldwell-Pope, the eighth pick in the 2013 draft, wasn’t the only one selected high who wasn’t taken in the rookie-sophomore challenge.

Only Orlando’s Victor Oladipo (second pick) made the team from the top eight picks, but it gave Caldwell-Pope no solace, not even taking into account he hasn’t been given the chance at individual play most of his contemporaries have.