UNLV forward Anthon Bennett sold his versatile ability during a two-day visit with the Wizards before the draft. (Getty Images)
In a surprise move, the Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV’s Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Bennett, a native of Toronto, is the first Canadian player ever taken No. 1 in the NBA draft.
The 6-foot-7 Bennett, who played one season for the Running Rebels, has been sidelined for the past six weeks after having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. He recently removed the protective sling and began lifting weights but won’t be able to start participating in basketball-related activities until the first week of August.
Michael Lee will have more later Thursday night.
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After spending the first 17 years of his Post career writing and editing, Matt and the printed paper had an amicable divorce in 2014. He's now blogging and editing for the Early Lead and the Post's other Web-based products.