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Cavs shock experts and fans by selecting UNLV's Bennet
Terry Pluto likes the pick 
by WKSU's AMANDA RABINOWITZ


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Amanda Rabinowitz
 

Pushing the drama until the last minute, the Cleveland Cavaliers stunned experts and their fans by selecting UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Bennett averaged about 16 points and 8 rebounds for UNLV. 

WKSU commentator Terry Pluto says that while the pick is surprising, he thinks it’s a good one.

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With their number 19 overall pick, the Cavs took Russian guard Sergey Karasev. The team had been targeting Karasev for some time and thought they might have to trade up to get the 19-year-old, who played on the Russian Olympic team last summer at the London Games.  

Guard Allen Crabbe of California and swingman Carrick Felix of Arizona State were taken by the Cavaliers with the Nos. 31 and 33 picks. However, the Cavs immediately dealt Crabbe to the Portland Trail Blazers for two future second-round draft picks.

Other draft news:

The 10-year streak of no Mid American Conference players drafted to play in the NBA continues. No teams selected Akron 7-foot center Zeke Marshall on Thursday night.

Canton GlenOak graduate C.J. McCollum was selected by the Portland Trail Blazers 10th overall in the draft. McCollum is a guard who played at Lehigh. His final college season ended early in January with a broken foot.


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