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Suspended Landesberg leaves Virginia

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Virginia's suspended leading scorer Sylven Landesberg is leaving school to pursue a professional career.

Coach Tony Bennett said Tuesday that Landesberg won't complete the current semester. Earlier this month the sophomore guard was suspended for the rest of the season for failing to meet his academic obligations.

"I have discussed Sylven's future with the Landesberg family and been informed that he will be leaving the University of Virginia to pursue his professional aspirations," Bennett said. "I am thankful for the significant contributions Sylven made to the Virginia basketball program and wish him success in his future endeavors."

Landesberg was the ACC's top rookie last season. He led Virginia this season with averages of 17.3 points and 2.9 assists.

It marks the latest shakeup for the Cavaliers. Bennett announced Monday that freshman swingman Tristan Spurlock wouldn't return by mutual agreement. Earlier this season forward Jamil Tucker was dismissed for academic reasons and guard Calvin Baker left the team because of an ill family member.

Center Assane Sene was suspended for three games at the start of the season for conduct detrimental to the team.

Virginia lost 10 of its final 11 games and fell to Duke in the second round of the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament to finish 15-16 in Bennett's first season.