Back in March, we posted that former Virginia guard Sylven Landesberg would be foregoing his final two years of eligibility at UVA to play in Israel instead. It didn't quite pan out exactly the way our source had expected, but as of this morning, Eurobasket.com is reporting that Landesberg has signed a two-year contract to do just that.
According to Eurobasket.com, Maccaba Haifa has signed Landesberg to a two-year contract for the upcoming season. Maccaba lost to Galil Gilboa in the 2010 Ligat Winner Playoffs, and bonus points to you if you have any idea what I am talking about.
No details have been released regarding his salary and extension options.
During his final year at Virginia, the 2009 ACC Rookie of the Year put up an average of 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists before he was suspended indefinitely for failure to attend art class.
Landesberg, 6'6" 203 pounds, played on the Sacramento Kings' Summer League team, appearing in three games, starting in two of them, and averaging over the course of that period 8.3 points, 2.3 rebounds, and 1.0 assists.
So what do you think, at the end of all this? Was it worth the move for Landesberg to give up a college degree and two seasons of eligibility at Virginia? Roger Mason, Jr. had played abroad and is now doing just fine in the NBA. Sean Singletary is continuing to try to find a way back to the States as well.