Sylven Landesberg

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Sylven Landesberg
Maccabi Tel Aviv vs Hapoel Jerusalem, 25 October, 2015 (15).JPG
Landesberg playing with Maccabi Tel Aviv in 2015.
No. 15 – Maccabi Tel Aviv
Position Shooting guard / Small forward
League Israeli Super League
Personal information
Born (1990-04-10) April 10, 1990 (age 26)
Brooklyn, New York
Nationality American / Israeli
Listed height 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)
Listed weight 210 lb (95 kg)
Career information
High school Holy Cross
(Flushing, New York)
College Virginia (2008–2010)
NBA draft 2010 / Undrafted
Playing career 2010–present
Career history
2010–2012 Maccabi Haifa
2012–present Maccabi Tel Aviv
Career highlights and awards

Sylven Joshua Landesberg (born April 10, 1990) is an American-Israeli professional basketball player who currently plays for Maccabi Tel Aviv of the Israeli Super League. Standing at 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m), he plays at the shooting guard and small forward positions.

He was a 2008 McDonald's High School All American and 2008 New York State Mr. Basketball in high school, and 2008–09 ACC Freshman of the Year for the University of Virginia Cavaliers.

Early life[edit]

Landesberg is Jewish,[1] and was born April 10, 1990 in Brooklyn to a Jewish father, Steven, and a Trinidadian and Tobagonian mother, Ingrid.[2]

High school career[edit]

In his sophomore year at Holy Cross High School in Flushing, New York, he averaged 20.9 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 1.7 assists a game during 2005–06.[2] He was named First-Team All-City by the New York Daily News and the New York Post.[2] In 2006–07, during his junior year, he averaged 25.7 points, 10.5 rebounds, and 3.6 assists a game, and was again named All-City honors by the Daily News and the Post.[2]

During his senior year in 2007–08, he averaged 29.6 points, 11.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists a game.[2] He shot 52% from the field, and 77% from the free throw line.[2] He scored a school-record 2,149 career points in three years on the team.[2]

He was a 2008 McDonald's High School All American, and was named New York State Mr. Basketball.[2] He was also a second-team Parade All-American, first-team All-State, New York Gatorade Player of the Year, New York Post Player of the Year, and a U.S. All Star in the 2008 Capital Classic.[2]

College career[edit]

His parents said he chose the University of Virginia over St. John's University because he felt it was a superior academic school.[3]

During the 2008–09 season, in his freshman year, he averaged 16.6 points (third-best for a freshman in UVA history), 6.0 rebounds, and 2.8 assists a game.[2] He led the team in scoring, and was second in rebounds and assists.[2] He also led Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) freshmen in scoring, and was third in rebounds and assists.[2] He was 10th in the ACC in scoring.[2] He set a UVA freshman record with 12 20-point games (surpassing the 9 by Ralph Sampson in 1979–80).[2]

He was named ACC Rookie of the Year, six-time ACC Rookie of the Week, a unanimous selection to the ACC All-Freshmen Team, honorable mention All-ACC, second-team Freshman All-American by CBS,, and, and won the team's Sidney Young Memorial Award (individual who exemplifies leadership, cooperative spirit, and unselfish service).[2]

In Landesberg's sophomore season he led the Cavaliers in scoring again, averaging 17.3 points a game (sixth in the ACC), along with 4.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists.[2] He ranked sixth in the ACC in free throw percentage (.810), and seventh in field goal percentage (.443).[2]

He was named second-team All-ACC, 2-time ACC Player of the Week, USBWA All-District III, NABC All-District 2 first team.[2] In 2009–10, Landesberg was named to the Jewish Sports Review All-American team.[4]

On March 6, 2010, Landesberg was suspended for the remaining game of the season for failing to meet academic obligations.[2][5] On March 23, it was announced that Landesberg would not return to the Cavaliers.[6]

College statistics[edit]

2008–09 Virginia 28 27 34.2 .436 .314 .800 6.0 2.8 1.0 .1 16.6
2009–10 Virginia 27 27 32.1 .443 .383 .810 4.9 2.9 .8 .3 17.3
Career 55 54 33.2 .439 .351 .804 5.5 2.8 .9 .2 16.9

Professional career[edit]

Early years[edit]

After going undrafted in the 2010 NBA draft, Landesberg played for the Sacramento Kings in the 2010 NBA Summer League.[7]

On July 25, 2010, Landesberg signed a two-year deal with the Israeli team Maccabi Haifa of the Israeli Basketball Super League.[8] Due to the fact his father is Jewish, Landesberg received Israeli citizenship.[9] He played his first season for the team in 2010–11.[10] "Hopefully, I'll make it to the NBA, but I will definitely never forget my time in Israel no matter where I go. It is a huge part of my growing up," he said.[11]

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

On July 4, 2012 he signed a three-year contract with Maccabi Tel Aviv.[12] In the first two seasons with the team, he saw very little playing time. In the 2013–14 season, his team won the Euroleague by defeating Real Madrid in an overtime 98–86 victory.[13]

During the summer of 2014, after departure of some key players, his role in the team and minutes on the court increased.[14] On October 5, in a pre-season game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, he led his team in scoring with 23 points, also having 5 rebounds, 3 assists and steals.[15] The Cleveland Cavaliers eventually won the game with 107–80.

On November 20, he scored a season-high 22 points and added 9 rebounds in a Euroleague game against Limoges CSP.[16] On January 23, against Žalgiris Kaunas he scored 20 points.[17] Maccabi, a defending Euroleague champion, lost to Fenerbahçe in the quarterfinal series with 3–0. Over 19 Euroleague games, Landasberg averaged career-high 8.5 points and 2.5 rebounds per game.

On April 21, 2015, he signed a new three-year contract with a fourth year option with Maccabi.[18][19]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

Denotes season in which Landesberg won the Euroleague


2012–13 Maccabi 24 0 10.7 .537 .304 .857 1.3 .5 .3 .1 3.5 3.2
2013–14 19 0 8.5 .457 .250 .789 1.2 .1 .2 .0 3.2 2.6
2014–15 19 1 18.2 .457 .315 .643 2.5 .4 .3 .1 8.5 6.2
2015–16 10 3 21.3 .365 .381 .611 2.5 1.1 .6 .0 9.7 6.2
Career 72 4 13.6 .447 .326 .697 1.8 .4 .3 .0 5.6 4.2

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jews in Professional Basketball: 2014–15; Foreign Jews Playing in Israel". Jewish Sports Review. 9 (107): 13. January–February 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s [1][dead link]
  3. ^ Seth Davis (November 25, 2008). "The fall of St. John's". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  4. ^ ".". Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ SPSID=88843&SPID=10616&DB_OEM_ID=17800&ATCLID=204902390 Archived November 3, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ "Sylven Landesberg Not Returning To Virginia". August 14, 2009. Retrieved April 16, 2010. 
  7. ^ Income, Net (June 28, 2010). "NBA Summer League Rosters – Vegas". Retrieved January 24, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Maccabi Haifa tabs Sylven Landesberg". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ Ortiz, Keldy (September 30, 2010). "Ex-Queens prep star Sylven Landesberg charts his NBA path through Israel's Maccabi Haifa". AmNY. Retrieved November 4, 2010. 
  10. ^ Aufses, Michael (July 14, 2011). "Dime Q&A: Sylven Landesberg Talks Israel And NBA Dreams". Dime Magazine. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ ARON HELLER Associated Press (July 29, 2011). "Israel becomes haven for US Jews' hoop dreams". Taiwan News. Retrieved December 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ "לנדסברג ומכבי הגיעו לסיכום ל-3 השנים הקרובות". (in Hebrew). Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv is the new king of Europe!". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Sylven Landesberg: An eye-opening experience". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Tel Aviv vs. Cleveland Game Report". Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  16. ^ "Maccabi backcourt paves way to tough win at Limoges". (20 November 2014). Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  17. ^ "Maccabi finishes strong for 66-73 road win in Kaunas". (23 January 2015). Retrieved 20 April 2015. 
  18. ^ Samin, Amy. "Landesberg Signs for 3 More Years". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 
  19. ^ "Maccabi extends Landesberg for four more years". Retrieved 21 April 2015. 

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