Hard to argue with this one. ESPN national college basketball writer Myron Medcalf published a column today detailing the Top Ten Most Indispensable Players in college basketball and Louisville’s own Peyton Siva appears at #3. The undisputed leader of the team and two-time captain is the engine that makes this team go, and it was no coincidence that when he turned up his play in the post season, the team followed suit. Here’s the excerpt and you can read the entire thing here.
Peyton Siva (Louisville) — Louisville’s run to the Final Four was one of the great surprises of the 2011-12 season. The Cardinals had to overcome a season plagued by injuries to advance to the sport’s final stage. Siva’s leadership — on and off the floor — was a crucial element in that rally. He averaged 1.7 steals for the nation’s No. 1 defense (per Ken Pomeroy’s adjusted defensive efficiency ratings). He dished out 5.6 assists per game, too. The Cardinals, a top-5 squad entering next season, relied on him last season, and they’ll need him again next season. He’s vital.