NEW YORK — The Cleveland Cavaliers have selected UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick, a surprising start to the NBA draft.
The Cavaliers passed on big men Nerlens Noel and Alex Len in favor of the forward who has starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference player of the year.
There was drama right until the end Thursday, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick.
IU star drafted by Orlando
ORLANDO, Fla. — The Orlando Magic have selected Indiana guard Victor Oladipo with the second pick in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-4 Oladipo was a first-team AP All-American after averaging 13.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists as a junior, leading the Hoosiers to their first outright Big Ten regular-season championship in 20 years. He set Indiana's record for steals in a season (78) and led the Big Ten with a .599 field goal percentage.
The Magic are coming off an NBA-worst 20-62 season after six straight playoff seasons and a trip to the NBA Finals in 2009.
Oladipo, who played at DeMatha Catholic High School in Hyattsville, Md., is the Magic's first draft pick in the top 10 since they selected Dwight Howard first overall in 2004.
Charlotte takes IU's Zeller with No. 4
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Charlotte Bobcats have selected Indiana center Cody Zeller with the No. 4 pick in the NBA draft.
Bobcats General Manager Rich Cho said earlier in the week the Bobcats needed a big man and the 7-foot, 240-pound Zeller should provide help on the boards.
Zeller averaged 16.5 points and 8.1 rebounds last season as a sophomore for the Hoosiers. He finished as Indiana’s career record holder in field-goal percentage, shooting 59.1 percent from the floor.
Two Hoosiers were picked in the top four in the draft. Victor Oladipo was selected second overall by Orlando.
Charlotte is 28-120 over the past two seasons and has never won a playoff game.
The Bobcats chose Zeller over two other available centers — Kentucky’s Nerlens Noel and Maryland’s Alex Len.