"He's going to be one of the leaders of the team," Pitino said. "But he will lead in a different way."
Siva, who averaged 9.9 points and 5.2 assists as a sophomore will lead by example. One of the hardest workers on the team, Siva has a tireless work ethic that Pitino hopes rubs off on the rest of his players.
"He's in the gym day and night," said Pitino. "I come in here early and he's in there, come in late he's in there. Chris Smith and Peyton are hard, hard workers. They live in the gym."
Siva proved his worth last season, going head to head with several of the nation's top point guards, including national Player of the Year Kemba Walker. Still, Siva has room for improvement, especially his outside shooting. Siva made only 27 percent from three-point range as a sophomore.
"We expect him to have a very big year next year," Pitino said. "We have to improve his jump shot. He has good form, he's just got poor balance. That's why he's a little bit erratic from the outside. He is spending most of his time working on his balance."
Siva is expected to be the leader of a team that likely will enter next season ranked in the Top 10 and should challenge for the Big East championship.
"Peyton probably has the best attitude of anybody I've ever coached," Pitino said. "There's nobody like him, he's a very unusual young man. He could go out with my friends, sit down and feel very comfortable socializing with them. He could go out with young kids and entertain them. He can walk in so many different doors because of his personality, he has great charisma."