Comings & Goings: Landesberg & D. Jones Leaving; Hewitt to St. John’s?Posted by rtmsf on March 24th, 2010
Sylven Landesberg of Virginia has decided to leave the school and turn pro this year. He was already suspended for academic problems, and there was little expectation that he would be able to come back next year anyway. The problem is that he’s by no means a first round lock, and may not even be a second rounder either. According to this report, though, he may opt to play in Europe or Israel, though.
South Florida’s Dominique Jones is exploring the option of entering the NBA Draft, but he’s leaving open the possibility of a return to school. He will have until May 8 to decide this year. He averaged 21 PPG this year and had a mid-season series of explosive games that really caught people’s attention. He’s currently projected in the late 1st/early 2d round window.
Kansas’ Xavier Henry hasn’t yet made a formal decison, but his coach Bill Self stated today that his star wing is ready from a skills standpoint to move on the NBA. KU is already losing Sherron Collins to graduation and Cole Aldrich is expected to make his decision in the next week, but we’re sure that Self will reload quickly and have the Jayhawks back in the title hunt very soon.
In a maneuver that doesn’t make a lot of sense to us unless Georgia Tech head coach Paul Hewitt is looking for a way out of Atlanta, he will talk with St. John’s on Wednesday about the possibility of becoming the next head honcho of the Red Storm. He is a New York guy, but this would be in no way a lateral move, as Georgia Tech has been light years ahead of the Queens-based program for the better part of two decades.
Money must really talk, otherwise how else to explain leaving a successful CAA program for a moribund A10 one? Fordham has offered its vacant head coaching position to Hofstra’s Tom Pecora, and Pecora is expected to visit the school on Wednesday and could formally be named the coach at that time. You’ll recall that Fordham recently upped its basketball budget in an effort to lure a bigger-name coach to its Bronx campus.