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Landesberg lands in Israel

7/26/2010

The college career of Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg ended with a whimper. The guard was suspended at the end of his sophomore season for academic reasons by Virginia coach Tony Bennett, and the beginning of that suspension was the beginning of the end of Landesberg's collegiate hoops career.

Then, instead of coming back for his junior year, Landesberg decided to take his talent to the NBA, where he went undrafted before playing a few summer league games with the Sacramento Kings.

Now, Landesberg has found a pro hoops home; he signed a two-year contract with Israeli power Maccabi Haifa. Considering the way the guard's college career ended, it's not the worst outcome in the world. Haifa is a bigtime pro destination and NBA scouts will have plenty of access to Landesberg's game footage. There's a chance, albeit small, that the guard finds a way to the NBA sooner rather than later.

It's unfortunate for Virginia that Landesberg couldn't rein in his academic issues and make a go of it as a junior. Virginia was never going to compete for the ACC title in 2010-11, but Landesberg could have been a star. But his story could still have a happy ending, and I suppose that counts as good news.