Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 6/27/13
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns used the first pick in the NBA Draft on 7-foot center Alex Len from Ukraine via Maryland. Len and Kentucky center Nerlens Noel -- popular choices in pre-draft speculation as candidates for the No. 1 pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers -- were both available with the fifth pick on an unpredictable draft night. Cleveland instead selected UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett, a forward who has starred for Canada's junior national teams and was the Mountain West Conference player of the year. There was suspense right until the end, either because the Cavs were unsure who they wanted or were trying to trade the pick. Most predictions had them taking one of the big men. The Orlando Magic passed on both of them, too, going with Indiana swingman Victor Oladipo with the No. 2 pick. The Washington Wizards took Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown with the third pick. Bennett, Noel and Len are all coming off injuries and couldn't even work out for teams, but the Cavs decided Bennett's shoulder injury wasn't enough cause for concern. Ryan McDonough was one of the first players to scout Alex Len four years ago in the Ukraine. Not a shock he is taken by McDonough nbadraft Kristofer Habbas (@Kris_Habbas) June 28, 2013Phoenix is drafting Len to keep him -- no deals in place, source tells Y! Sports. Adrian Wojnarowski (@WojYahooNBA) June 28, 2013
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