Wearing a red cap on his head before games Sunday at Cincinnati's Shoemaker Center and Louisville logo sneakers on the court during them, Peyton Siva says he wants everyone to know he'll be playing for Rick Pitino's Cardinals in the near future.
Pitino spent his Sunday tracking Siva, watching both of his future guard's games. You can also bet that Pitino was highly interested in two of Siva's AAU mates – 6-9 Josh Smith, the #1 junior center in the nation, and 6-4 guard Tony Wroten, perhaps the best prospect nationally in the 2011 class.
"I want Josh at Louisville – he's coming to Louisville with me," Siva joked with the 6-9 Smith in earshot. "I'd love to play with Josh in college – him and Tone (Tony Wroten). We'll see. But I'm going to try to get him to come to Louisville."
points on day one.
Many of Siva's six assists in game one Sunday went to Smith, who scored at will around the basket.
"Playing with Josh is a blessing," said Siva. "He works hard. He's not one of those big men that takes off plays. He actually hustles and gets back and blocks shots. He blocks everything. He's a monster. He's lot of weight and I'm just happy to play with him."
Wroten, an athletic wing who thrives in transition, has proven an effective running mate with Siva for Rotary Select on the perimeter.
"Tony wants to be the best. He's got a lot of heart and he never gives up," Siva said. "He's a very talented player. Not a lot of players that young have his level of talent."
Siva scored 35 points in two games on Sunday. But the 6-foot rising senior also showed he can get his teammates involved, dishing assists to Smith and throwing alley-oops to Wroten. While most players are motivated to show college coaches their ‘stuff' during the July evaluation period, Siva has a different motivation.
"I'm motivated to try to get my teammates more looks," Siva said. "I'm just trying to get them more looks and continue to work and play hard because I know my motivation when I get to college is going to be to get to the next level."
Noted more for his scoring ability than his distributing skills, Siva has been working hard this summer to overcome the scorers label and become more of a ‘true' point guard.
"I feel the transition is going well but I've still got to work on my decision-making and forced turnovers and just (make) better passes," Siva said. "But the transition is going good. I know I have a lot of scorers on my team and I will have at Louisville."