Landesberg: Texas is Neck-and-Neck with Four

Sylven Landesberg knows he has one very tough decision to make over the next month. The talented scoring wing from Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York presently lists Texas, Kentucky, Georgia Tech, Virginia, and St. John's as his final five. What's his time frame for a decision and what did he think of his visit to Austin?

"It is going to be a rough decision," said Sylven Landesberg, a 6-foot-5 and 180 pounder who has the ability to finish drives with either his left or right hand. "I was talking to my father today about it. He was trying to guess where I was thinking about going. Right now I don't know."

Landesberg has already garnered a big time reputation in the New York City area. He competes for the Knights in what many basketball experts believe is the best high school league in the county -- the New York City Catholic League. Each night Landesberg is asked to step up and provide Paul Gilvary's team with offense. Most nights Sylven doesn't disappoint. It's why Kentucky is one of five big time schools still standing in this recruiting race.

"I like all of the schools equally right now," he said. "They all have great head coaches and the style of play is what attracts me to the five schools. I like to run and get up and down the floor."

Landesberg recently took a trip down to Austin to visit Texas and get a feel for Rick Barnes' program.

"The Texas trip was planned. That was my first unofficial outside of the state (of New York). I told my father that I had to see Texas. It was a real nice experience down there.

"Their facilities and the way they help their players improve. The people on their staff could do a lot for me to improve my game."

Currently, Landesberg has no clear plans to play AAU ball this summer. "I have invitations to play with a couple of AAU teams," he said. "But right now I am not sure. I was leaning toward not playing any more AAU ball this summer."

But this doesn't mean Sylven would take the rest of July off. "I work out about four times a day," he said. "Sometimes I will take a day off."

Landesberg wants to add more muscle to his frame so he can finish more effectively against the big bodies around the basket.

August is the timeframe Landesberg would like to make a decision. It's likely to come at the end of the month since Sylven prefers to make his decision after he has a chance to see all five schools on his list. "It's a real difficult decision," he said. "I really believe right now they are all equal. So I wouldn't even say I am leaning toward any one school."


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