Sylven Landesberg not returning to Virginia
As expected, Virginia sophomore Sylven Landesberg is leaving the Cavaliers and pursuing professional opportunities. Tony Bennett announced Landesberg's decision in a school-issued statement that did not include a comment from Landesberg.
“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,” Bennett said in the statement. “I am thankful for the significant contributions Sylven made to the Virginia basketball program and wish him success in his future endeavors.”
Landesberg will not finish the semester at U-Va.
The news comes on the day after Tristan Spurlock announced his decision to transfer, meaning Virginia will have seven open scholarships for next season. Virginia signed five players in the fall and received an oral commitment from another.
Landesberg was suspended for the season on March 6, missing the regular season finale against Maryland and two ACC tournament games. The suspension was later learned to be result of missed classes.
The Washington Post reported on March 6 that Landesberg was "definitely considering" a jump to the professional ranks, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation who did not want to be identified because a decision has not been reached. The source added that Landesberg could also opt to play in Europe or Israel.
Neither Landesberg nor his family has made any public comments since the suspension, and has not responded to repeated interview requests since that date.
March 23, 2010; 3:42 PM ET
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