Sylven Landesberg Ready to Trim List

Sylven Landesberg has already proven last season was no fluke. The 6-foot-5 junior guard out of Holy Cross (N.Y.) is putting up more than 30 points per game since coming back from various injuries that forced him to miss the first three games of the season. Now Landesberg is hoping to cut down his lengthy school list as well.

Despite leading the famed Catholic League in scoring in his first varsity campaign, Sylven Landesberg still realized he had plenty of work to do.

The Holy Cross (N.Y.) junior guard has worked to become better at putting the ball on the floor. He has gotten stronger. His defense is even coming along.

``He's not supposed to be a finished product at this point, even though that's what a lot of college coaches think," Holy Cross coach Paul Gilvary said. "That's not the real world."

``I think I'm progressing," added the 6-foot-5, 195-pound Landesberg. "I've been a lot more aggressive this year and have more confidence in myself. I feel like now when I take the court, I'm unstoppable."

The first three games of the season, the only thing that stopped Landesberg was himself. He missed the first three with shoulder and ankle injuries.

He has returned to play the last seven games and has picked up where he left off last season, averaging about 31 points per game – a 10 point increase than a year ago.

`` He's a great kid, is well-mannered and very respectful," Gilvary said. "He has a tremendous desire to be as good a player as he can be. There's not a day that goes by where he doesn't do something to get better."

``He can score in a lot of different ways," added Gilvary. "He's a tough matchup because he's so long and plays bigger than he is."

Landesberg said that the defenses are keying on him this season, which he likes better than sneaking up on teams a year ago.

``It's a challenge," he said.

The other challenge for Landesberg will be picking a school. Right now, he's got about 40 or so schools in pursuit. Much of the Big East, half of the ACC and schools such as Texas, Tennessee, Illinois, Kansas and even Stanford have tried to throw their hat in the ring.

``Me and my father are going to sit down and talk about it and try and get my list to 10 soon," Landesberg said. "Right now all the calls and text messages and letters are crazy."

Landesberg has already visited St. John's and Villanova. Expect both to be on the pared-down list. Also look for Georgia Tech, Florida, Florida State and Virginia Tech to make the cut.

``One of the great things about Sylven is that he's gotten a lot of attention," Gilvary said. "And it hasn't changed him at all."


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