UNLV's Anthony Bennett, who was selected first by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft, speaks during a news conference Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Anthony Bennett and FOX5's Elizabeth Watts (Elizabeth Watts)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
In a somewhat surprising move, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected former UNLV men's basketball freshman forward Anthony Bennett as the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft.
Bennett is the 14th Runnin' Rebel player selected in the first round and only the second to go No. 1.
Bennett is the first player drafted from UNLV since Marcus Banks in 2003 and the highest since Larry Johnson was selected No. 1 in 1991.
"We are excited for Anthony and his family," UNLV head coach Dave Rice said. "It is a great opportunity for him and it also is terrific for Runnin' Rebels basketball. To be picked No. 1 is very special and something that only a select group of individuals get to experience. Anthony is a wonderful representative of UNLV and our program."
While at UNLV, Bennett was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year, was made a member of the Sporting News' All-Freshman Team and was part of the United States Basketball Writers Association's Freshman All-America Team.
Bennett appeared in 35 games with the Runnin' Rebels. He led the team in scoring and ranked fifth in the conference with 8.1 rebounds per game. He was second on the team in blocked shots and led the team in 3-point shooting percentage.
Bennett boasted 12 double-doubles and had at least 20 points in 13 games during the season. The Runnin' Rebels finished the season with a 25-10 record, going to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth year in a row.
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