Siva continues Seattle pipeline to UofL

Siva continues Seattle pipeline to UofL

In the 1980's, Louisville had a Camden (NJ) Connection. Now, two decades later, Rick Pitino's Cardinals are starting to build an impressive pipeline into talent-rich Seattle, Washington. First came Terrence Williams. Now comes Peyton Siva – and the talented point guard might not be the last.

In the 1980's, Louisville had a Camden (NJ) Connection. Now, two decades later, Rick Pitino's Cardinals are starting to build an impressive pipeline into talent-rich Seattle, Washington. First came Terrence Williams. Now comes Peyton Siva – and the talented point guard might not be the last.

Considered one of the top point guards in a thin crop nationally, Siva will follow the trail Williams blazed from the Emerald City to Louisville four years ago. After scorching the nets at the Cactus Classis in Arizona last weekend to the tune of 20.6 points per contest, Siva decided to end his recruitment before the summer recruiting season really heats up.


Siva continues the Seattle pipeline to Louisville.

"T-Will played a big part in my decision," Siva told InsideTheVille.com Friday morning. "He told me he loved it and it was like his second home. He's told me a lot of good things about Louisville."

Earlier in the week, Siva's high school coach, Jason Kerr, told InsideTheVille.com that his star player likely wouldn't make a college decision until later this summer. But after some heavy contemplation this week, Siva sat down with his parents and decided he was ready to give Louisville a commitment and put his recruitment behind him.

"I feel really good about my decision," Siva said. "I prayed for guidance, talked to my family and it seemed like the best fit for me. I just felt Louisville was the best place. I just wanted to get it over with. So I called the Louisville coaches last night and told them about my decision. I talked to Richard (Pitino) last night and when I talked to Coach Pitino he was happy and real excited."

With his recruitment behind him, Siva says he'll turn his attention to helping lure another Washington native to come play with him at Louisville – 6-9, 280-pound center Josh Smith. Smith, a member of the 2010 class, plays on the same AAU team with Siva and recently received a scholarship offer from the Cardinals. Smith is considered the top big man in the west in his class.

"Yeah, of course I want Josh to come play with me at Louisville," Siva said. "I love having Josh on the same team with me and I'm going to try to get him there to (Louisville) with me."

By committing to the Cardinals, Siva had to tell Washington, Kansas and Arizona no. He said that was hard to do.

"It was real tough to turn those schools down," admitted Siva. "I had a real close relationship with Washington and I also talked to Kansas a lot. With Arizona, the assistant coach that was recruiting me left so it wasn't that hard."

At 5-foot-11, 160-pounds, Siva is a big-time scorer. He's deadly from three-point range, has outstanding speed and quickness and is the true point guard that the Cardinals were desperately seeking in the Class of 2009.

"I see myself fitting in good," Siva said. "Louisville plays just like my high school team. They get out and pressure defensively and get out and run. It's a good fit."

Now Siva said he will turn his focus to improving his game and honing his point guard skills.

"The rest of the summer I'm just going to work on getting my teammates the ball and getting them more looks," Siva said. "I want to play more of a point guard role and look to get my teammates more involved in the offense."

Siva is the third player from the Class of 2009 to commit to Louisville, joining 6-8 Rakeem Buckles and 6-5 shooting guard Mike Marra.

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