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NBA Draft Shocker: Cavs pick Bennett at No.1


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BROOKLYN -- The top two prospects in the 2013 NBA Draft dramatically fell off the leader board Thursday night at the Barclays Center here in Brooklyn, paving the way for surprise No.1 pick Anthony Bennett, who was selected by the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Bennett, a 6-foot-8, 240-pound small forward from the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) edged out 7-foot Nerlens Noel of the University of Kentucky and 7-foot-1 Alex Len of the University of Maryland for the top honors.

The first Canadian to be chosen No.1 in the NBA draft, Bennett, 20, averaged 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds as a Running Red Rebel. He is the first UNLV alum since Larry "Grandma" Johnson in 1991 to be picked No.1 in the draft.

Victor Oladipo of Indiana University went to the Orlando Magic as the No.2 pick. Oladipo, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard, normed 13.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in his third and last season as a Hoosier. The 21-year old told ESPN he will "help the program at both ends of the floor," and that he will "work his butt off."

Otto Porter Jr was selected by the Washington Wizards as their No.3 pick. The Georgetown University forward was named Big East Player of the Year, averaging 16.2 points and 7.5 rebounds an outing. The 6-foot-9, 198-pound Porter is only 20 years young and had tremendous upside.

For the 4th pick, the Charlotte Bobcats chose 7-foot, 230-pound Cody Zeller, who normed 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds a game in Indiana, where he played with Oladipo. A great athlete, the 20-year old Zeller has two brothers currently playing in the NBA.

Maryland's Len was eventually picked at No.5 by the Phoenix Suns. The 255-pound Len is a native of Antratsit, Ukraine and he averaged 11.9 points and 7.8 rebounds in his final college year.

Noel was taken at No.6 by the New Orleans Pelican, who then traded his rights to the Philadephia 76ers for All-Star guard Jrue Holiday. Noel normed 10.9 points, 9.4 rebounds and 4.4 blocks in his lone years as a Kentucky Wildcat. He tore his ACL last February 12 and is projected to play his first NBA game this December.

Ben McLemore of Kansas was taken at No.7 by the Sacramento Kings while Georgia's Kentavious Caldwell-Pope went to the Detroit Pistons as the No.8 pick.

Finishing up the top 10 first-round picks were Michigan's Trey Burke (traded to Utah) at No. 9 and CJ McCollum of Lehigh, who went to the Portland Trail Blazers at No.10. (RIBC)

Photo: 20-year-old Canadian and UNLV forward Anthony Bennett (R) gets the honor as the No. 1 pick of the NBA 2013 Draft when he was picked by the Cleveland Cavaliers at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY Thursday.


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