Siva Ends Recruitment; Headed To Big East

The crop of point guards in the 2009 class is thin, so picking up one of the top five lead men in the class is a big deal. Peyton Siva made one Big East coach a happy camper on Friday.

Peyton Siva has had his college list narrowed to four schools for quite some and on Friday morning the 5-foot-11 point guard decided on Rick Pitino and the Louisville Cardinals.

"It came down to how I fit in," Siva said. "I talked to my family about it and I just prayed on it. My family and my coaches thought it was a good fit, so I decided to commit early."

Siva, who picked the Cardinals over Kansas, Arizona and Washington, took a visit to Louisville during the season and was impressed by the atmosphere in Freedom Hall.

"I took a visit when they played Georgetown," he said. "It was real fun and it was exciting. I loved the atmosphere and everything. Then I took a tour around campus and saw where things were. It just seemed like a nice place to be. It was different from Seattle."

Louisville's connections in the Seattle area are growing. Rising senior Terrence Williams played in the same AAU program as Siva and according to the Seattle (Wash.) Franklin standout that played a big role in his decision.

"He said he likes it a lot and it's his second home," Siva said of Williams. "I thought it was a great place. He obviously loves it because he's going back for another year."

Siva is the third junior to commit to Louisville, joining Rakeem Buckles, of Miami (Fla.) Monsignor Pace, and Mike Marra, of Northfield (Mass.) Mount Hermon.

Last season, Siva, who is ranked No. 5 on the point guard list, averaged 19 points and five assists.


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