The Cleveland Cavaliers selected UNLV power forward Anthony Bennett as the No. 1 player in the 2013 NBA Draft on Thursday night at Barclays Center.

Bennett, a 6-foot-7, 240-pound Canadian, averaged 16.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, one assist and 1.2 blocks in 35 games last season as a freshman.

The selection ended a month of speculation after the Cavs won the NBA Draft Lottery on May 21. At least a half dozen players were rumored to be under consideration by the Cavs for the No. 1 pick.

The team also tried to trade the pick. The Cavs also have the Nos. 19, 31 and 33 picks.

This was the second time in three years and the fifth time overall the Cavs have had the No. 1 pick in the NBA Draft. Their previous No. 1 picks were Austin Carr (1971), Brad Daugherty (1986), LeBron James (2003) and Kyrie Irving (2011).

Bennett entered the 2013 draft after his freshman season.