Although Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg won ACC rookie of the year, he was one of three heralded ACC freshmen who were major recruiting targets for Virginia last season. Two others — North Carolina forward Ed Davis and Duke guard Elliot Williams — are playing here in the NCAA tournament. Landesberg is back in Charlottesville awaiting word on the Cavaliers’ next head coach after Dave Leitao’s resignation on Monday.
Davis was a McDonald’s All-American from Richmond and would have been Leitao’s premiere in-state recruit. Williams was a McDonald’s All-American from Memphis who could have combined with Landesberg to form a potent backcourt. Both would have drastically altered Virginia’s season and the Cavaliers’ future — and possibly even kept Leitao at Virginia.
“I was like, ‘Man, he could have been my coach if I went there,’” Davis said of his initial reaction.
Davis found out when his mother text messaged him Monday. His family still lives in Richmond.
Once Davis learned of the news, he called Landesberg. Davis and Landesberg developed a close relationship during recruiting and at the McDonald’s all-American game.
Williams found out from his father. Leitao personally recruited Williams, who narrowed his final list to four schools — Duke, Virginia, Memphis and Tennessee.
“I just wish him well,” Williams said. “He was a great guy for me, so personally, it was tough.”
March 19, 2009; 12:04 AM ET
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