The question every Louisville basketball fan wants to know this off-season: Is junior point guard Peyton Siva heading to the NBA or returning to college for his final season with Rick Pitino's Cardinals.
Siva, in an interview with InsideTheVille.com Thursday night at the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic's Night of the Future Stars, answered the question for himself one day after Pitino stated his belief that his star guard would return to Louisville next season
"Oh, yeah, definitely I'll be here," Siva told InsideTheVille.com. "I'm not going anywhere. I plan on getting in the gym now and working to get a national championship."
Siva, along with teammates Gorgui Dieng, Chane Behanan, Kevin Ware and Russ Smith, were in attendance at New Albany to support future Louisville guard Terry Rozier, who advanced to the finals of Friday's dunk and three-point contests.
"He's great," Siva said of his future teammate. "He's big, athletic. He's taller than I thought he would be. He's a great addition and he's going to be a great point guard for our team."
With Siva staying, Louisville figures to be a frontrunner for the NCAA championship next season. The Cardinals return four starters from this year's Final Four squad, and should be bolstered by a healthy Wayne Blackshear.
"We're going to have a lot of depth and I pray to God that nobody gets injured," said Siva. "We look forward to next year with our main corps of guys returning next year. We lose Kyle [Kuric] and Chris [Smith], but with Wayne [Blackshear] getting healthy and Kevin [Ware] coming back he'll get more of an off-season workout with us. We're looking forward to it."
Siva also said that all of his teammates, most notably 6'11 center Gorgui Dieng and 6'7 forward Chane Behanan, are coming back "to make a championship run next year."
"I'm going to continue to work on getting a consistent jump shot and continue to work on my game -- a lot of midrange shots and a lot of coming off ball screen shots," Siva said. "I took a couple days off but I got a little bored so I got right back in the gym."