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The first game Sylven Landesberg ever played in a Virginia uniform, he scored 28 points with eight assists and eight rebounds against VMI. When Coach Dave Leitao was asked whether Landesberg has evolved into a complete player throughout the season, Leitao was quick to point to Landesberg's debut as evidence that he arrived with a wide array of abilities.

"He has that in his game," Leitao said. "I think what has happened is he has realized he is getting keyed on a whole lot more, and he has a growing confidence in the people around him that he can make plays, give people the ball, and they can finish or make plays from there. That’s well within the realm of his possibility. He can make people better as well as he can score.”

Little should be deduced from the game against VMI, which included a head-spinning pace with many shots and little defense. This created rebounding and assist opportunities for the talented freshmen.

But what Leitao next mentioned -- Landesberg's recognition of the way defenses are playing him -- is the biggest difference from the beginning of the ACC season and now. Landesberg has been able to score regardless of opponent. But as the rest of the Cavaliers are maturing late in the season, Landesberg has been more willing to expand his game. Leitao uses Landesberg as a primary ball handler in many half-court sets, and his teammates have become the benefactors of the defensive attention Landesberg commands.

"When I have the ball in my hand, I have more opportunity to make plays," Landesberg said. "When the ACC first started, I was basically just scoring. But as we've come along, I've been able to fill up on other stats. I have to give my teammates a lot of props. I always knew what they were capable of doing. I've just been waiting for them to do it in games."


By Zach Berman  |  February 20, 2009; 11:40 AM ET
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