Some News About Landesburg That I Found Interesting
By: Jerry Ratcliffe of the Charlottesville Daily Progress
Over the two years we got to know Sylven Landesberg, I really liked the kid. I liked his dad, Steve, and I liked the way Sylven played the game of basketball.
What I didn’t like was the way his career ended at Virginia — he neglected to show up for an art class a single time, which in the end, resulted in Cavaliers’ coach Tony Bennett suspending the super sophomore for the very end of the season.
While UVa officially announced Tuesday that Landesberg would not return after two seasons, it was essentially old news. Those who read The Daily Progress knew that on March 12 after two of Landesberg’s teammates whispered to our beat writer, Whitey Reid, minutes after the season ended in a loss to Duke, that the Cavalier star was not coming back.
The part of all this I didn’t like was Landesberg selfishly letting his teammates down.
Yes, it’s the kid’s right to play two years and skedaddle. Clearly, he had no intention to return to Virginia for his junior season, and apparently made up his mind sometime prior to the start of the second semester that he was no longer interested in being a college student, at least from the academic side of things.
From my view, it would have been fine if Landesberg wanted to scram after two years and make a living playing basketball. However, you don’t let your teammates down. You go to class and finish the season.
While Landesberg seems to have had no interest in coming back to UVa, his parents did. Our spies told us that the Landesberg parents wanted Sylven to stay in school.
Coming back for a third year made sense to almost everyone except to Sylven Landesberg and whomever he’s getting his advice from.
If the kid thinks he’s going to play in the NBA next season, he’s dead wrong.
We have talked to NBA scouts that have seen him practice, watched him play, evaluated his game. We have talked to guys who have played in the NBA that have observed him and there’s a consensus opinion: Landesberg, at least right now, is not an NBA player.
He’s an odd fit. Critics will note that he’s not a good enough shooter to be a two guard. He’s not good enough of a ball-handler, a floor leader to be a point guard, and there’s just no way he could play small forward in the NBA.
So, where does he play?
Scouts answer that question with two words: D-League.
That’s the NBA’s Developmental League, which would relegate Landesberg’s game to such potential exotic locations as Bismarck, N.D., Erie, Pa., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Orem, Utah.
There’s always Europe or another foreign country, but not the NBA. Not now. Maybe someday, but not now.
“For instance, just look at Landesberg and [Maryland’s] Greivis Vasquez,” one observer said. “They’re about the same size, same athletic ability. But Vasquez is more heady, more experienced, a better shooter.”
One couldn’t have said that about Vasquez after his sophomore season, but the Terps’ star profited greatly by sticking around an extra two years, developing his game.
Landesberg? As one scout said, “He would be better off developing his game in the ACC rather than in the Developmental League.”
Perhaps it’s envy. Four of his former McDonald’s All-American teammates are now in the NBA. Two of ’em (Tyreke Evans and Brandon Jennings) are vying for Rookie of the Year honors.
Somehow, rookie of the year in the D-League just doesn’t sound as exciting.
Maybe Landesburg isn't as high on scouts' as me and Gatorheels thought they'd be. Maybe he left too early. It's early, but for a guy that's not likely to wow teams with athletic ability at combines and workouts, maybe he should return and develop his game some more.
Sylven is good enough 2 play in da league right now.. ur right about him not being athletic in all that but he's a great scorer..he didn't really have any good players on his team so of course his percentages are gonna be down n this time last yr none of the scouts was high on brandon jennings either
i recall saying thes same things
should go back to school to get better and scouts think he should as well and look what it did for vasquez
some said well his team isnt that good and probably wont be that good next year...hell marylands team doesnt look that good but a very good player can make the team look and be better
I read somewhere he will either go to the NBA or try to get a deal with a european team.
and his true jump shooting numbers show how good or bad a shooter hereally is. it takes out the layups and fast break dunks. hes not much different then ricky price back in the day. and he already has a strike against him for flunking off the team
He didn't flunk off the team.
"he neglected to show up for an art class a single time, which in the end, resulted in Cavaliers’ coach Tony Bennett suspending the super sophomore for the very end of the season."
Virginia announced moments ago that leading scorer Sylven Landesberg has been suspended for the remainder of the men's basketball season "for failure to live up to academic obligations."Coach Tony Bennett said, "This is a very difficult decision. Sylven is a fine young man who I deeply care about, but our players need to take personal responsibility for their academic obligations."
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its pretty obvious that the art class thing was just the last straw