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The Cavaliers were young, with only two seniors in forward Mamadi Diane and center Tunji Soroye. Diane was their leading returning scorer, but started the season slowly and soon found himself relegated to the bench, while the oft-injured Soroye played minimally all year.
Only in the last two games, when Diane scored 23 points on senior day and then followed up with 24 against Boston College in the Cavaliers' one-and-done ACC appearance, did he show any of the flashes of potential that marked four very inconsistent seasons in Charlottesville.
Indeed, Virginia's lone bright spot was the arrival of Sylven Landesberg, a New York City native who led the team in scoring and was a runaway winner as the ACC's top rookie in 2009.
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