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Thad Mumau’s column runs over at, and he’s nice enough to let us reprint it on DBR. Thanks Thad!

Future Virginia wing player Sylven Landesberg is lighting it up during his senior season in high school. But, then, that is nothing new.

Landesberg is a 6-foot-6 small forward/wing guard from Flushing (N.Y.) Holy Cross and is ranked the No. 32 senior prospect in the nation by

He is averaging close to 30 points and 12 rebounds per game this season and has passed Willie Dersch (a former UVa. player) on the Holy Cross career scoring list.

Landesberg did that with a 44-point outburst in a City of Palms Tournament win over Harvey (La.) Cox, which is led by No. 1 prospect Greg Monroe. The 6-10 Monroe, who has signed with Georgetown, had 16 points and 13 boards.

A smooth operator who can get to the basket for some devastating dunks and can also hit the three-pointer, Landesberg worked hard over the summer to polish his ball handling and mid-range game.

So, an already potent scorer is simply wielding more weapons this season. In Holy Cross’ victory over Brooklyn Boys and Girls, he threw in 29 points and grabbed 20 rebounds. He had 27 and 12 in another contest and 21 and 14 in still another.

Landesberg had a 41-point outing as a junior on the way to averaging 27 per game and leading the New York City Catholic High School Athletic Association in scoring. He also led the league in scoring with a sophomore average of 20.9.

He chose Virginia over St. John’s even after meeting with legendary former St. John’s coach Lou Carneseca, who was lobbying for his old team.

Top 25 juniors

Here are the top 25 players in the class of 2009, according to

1. Renardo Sidney, 6-9 power forward, Los Angeles (Cal.) Fairfax

2. Derrick Favors, 6-9 center, Atlanta (Ga.) South

3. Lance Stephenson, 6-5 wing guard, Brooklyn (N.Y.) Lincoln

4. Xavier Henry, 6-6 wing guard, Oklahoma City (Okla.) Putnam City

5. DeMarcus Cousins, 6-10 center, Pinson (Ala.) Clay-Chalkville

6. Kenny Boynton, 6-2 wing guard, Plantation (Fla.) American Heritage

7. Jordan Hamilton, 6-6 small forward, Compton (Cal.) Dominguez

8. Dexter Strickland, 6-3 wing guard, Elizabeth (N.J.) St. Patrick

9. DaShonte Riley, 6-10 center, Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit Country Day

10. Leslie McDonald, 6-4 wing guard, Memphis (Tenn.) Briarcrest

11. Alex Oriakhi, 6-9 center, Tilton (N.H.) School (CONNECTICUT)

12. Jamil Wilson, 6-7 small forward, Racine (Wisc.) Horlick

13. Hollis Thompson, 6-6 small forward, Los Angeles (Cal.) Loyola (GEORGETOWN)

14. Nolan Dennis, 6-4 wing guard, North Richland Hills (Texas) Richland

15. Dominic Cheek, 6-5 wing guard, Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony

16. Reeves Nelson, 6-6 power forward, Modesto (Cal.) Christian

17. Karron Johnson, 6-7 power forward, Durham Mount Zion

18. Erik Murphy, 6-9 power forward, Southborough (Mass.) St. Mark’s

19. Elijah Johnson, 6-2 point guard, North Las Vegas (Nev.) Cheyenne

20. Travis Wear, 6-9 power forward, Santa Ana (Cal.) Mater Dei

21. David Wear, 6-9 power forward, Santa Ana (Cal.) Mater Dei

22. Wally Judge, 6-8 power forward, Jacksonville (Fla.) ACD (KANSAS STATE)

23. Durand Scott, 6-4 wing guard, Manhattan (N.Y.) Rice

24. Maalik Wayns, 6-0 point guard, Philadelphia (Pa.) Catholic (VILLANOVA)

25. Stephan Van Treese, 6-8 power forward, Indianapolis (Ind.) Lawrence North

Notes: Boynton scored 61 points in Heritage’s 88-71 win over Fort Myers (Fla.) Dunbar in the City of Palms Tournament. He hit 22 of 33 shots, including 11 of 18 three-point attempts.

Travis and David Wear are twins.