Photo – NBC Sports / Matt York, AP
Preseason accolades continue to roll out for Louisville senior point guard Peyton Siva as NBC Sports becomes the latest to list him as an All-American. While this weekend marks the official start of the 2012-2013 season, most publications and websites will roll out their top 25’s and All-American’s over the next few days (CBS is expected to do so later today) so be prepared to see a lot more of Siva’s name. I know we keep beating this into the ground, but if Rick Pitino gets the 2012 postseason Siva for the duration of this upcoming year, the Cards will be the team to beat for the national championship. Here’s the excerpt and you can see the entire NBC’s entire All-American list right here.
Peyton Siva, Louisville
2011-12 stats: 9.1 ppg, 5.6 apg, 1.7 spg
The driving force behind the Cardinals’ Final Four run, Siva’s game is built on speed and defense. He can’t stretch a defense with his shooting, but he can turn it into Swiss cheese through dribble penetration before finishing at the rim or finding an open man. Teams try to wear down the 5-11 senior. Doesn’t work.