Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Landesberg leaving Virginia

This isn't news about one of my favorite teams (far from it), but it does impact one of them (Maryland basketball). Apparently Virginia sophomore guard Sylven Landesberg is leaving the University of Virginia to "pursue a professional career":

"I have discussed Sylven's future with the Landesberg family and been informed that he will be leaving the University of Virginia to pursue his professional aspirations," [head coach Tony] Bennett said. "I am thankful for the significant contributions Sylven made to the Virginia basketball program and wish him success in his future endeavors."

Virginia (15-16, 5-11) wasn't a great team last year, but they did improve somewhat under Bennett in his first season as head coach. And Landesberg could have been an important part of that growth process going forward. According to the ACC's website, Landesberg was the fifth-highest scorer in the ACC this season with 17.8 points per game, and he was the highest scoring sophomore ahead of Al-Farouq Aminu (14.8 points).

Since the Terps are losing three seniors -- Greivis Vasquez, Eric Hayes, and Landon Milbourne -- not having to face Landesberg twice next season helps Maryland out a little bit.

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