Brooklyn, NY (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Cavaliers have taken UNLV forward Anthony Bennett with the top overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-7 Bennett, the highest drafted Canadian ever, averaged a team- leading 16.1 points and 8.1 rebounds while being named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year last season.

The selection of Bennett comes as a bit of a shock, as Kentucky's Nerlens Noel was considered the favorite to be the No. 1 pick when the draft began Thursday night at the Barclays Center.

Bennett, who was born in Toronto, is the second UNLV player to be chosen No. 1. The Charlotte Hornets took Larry Johnson first overall in 1991.

Bennett will try to help the Cavaliers get back to their winning ways for the first time since LeBron James left the franchise and went to the Miami Heat following the 2010 season. The Cavs were a playoff team for six straight years with James, but have missed the postseason the last three.

Last season, the Cavs went 24-58 and fired head coach Byron Scott, then hired back Mike Brown, who previously served as the team's head coach from 2005-10.

This marks the 30th and last time David Stern announcing the top overall pick. He will step down as commissioner Feb. 1 and will be replaced by Adam Silver.

The Orlando Magic have the second pick, followed by Washington, Charlotte and Phoenix.