Siva caps great season with state title

Louisville-bound Peyton Siva capped an exceptional senior season over the weekend. Not only has Siva earned Washington Mr. Basketball honors and an invitation to play in the McDonald's All-American game, but the 6-foot-1 point guard also led his team to a state championship Saturday night, earning tournament MVP honors.

Peyton Siva had 10 points, four steals, three assists and a pair of dunks in leading his team to the 3A Washington state title Saturday in Tacoma. Siva's Franklin HS defeated Columbia River of Vancouver 51-34 in the championship game.

Siva led his team to a 28-1 record this season. He scored a team-high 17 points and added six assists, five rebounds and five blocks in a quarterfinal win over Seattle Prep, and had seven points, five assists and three steals in the state semifinals win over Meadowdale. Siva was named the State Tournament MVP. In the district title game that earned Franklin a slot in the state tournament, Siva scored 35 points on 12 of 19 shooting to go along with six assists and four steals.

Peyton Siva

"It was great winning the state championship," Siva told InsideTheVille. "To go out like that as a senior in high school was great. Going into the season I didn't expect to make McDonald's All-American. I wanted to make it to at least the state championship game before the season and to win it has been a blessing. I'm just happy that everything came together this year."

Now that his high school is over Siva is ready to hit the all-star game circuit. He'll travel to Miami for the McDonald's All-American game on April 1, then head to Louisville April 10-11 for the Kentucky Derby Festival Basketball Classic.

"I'll be going down to Miami for the McDonald's game and I've got to go to one of the all-star games here to get the Mr. Basketball trophy," Siva said. "Then I'm going to go to Louisville and play in that game. It's going to be a crazy month. It's going to be fun."

While Siva was leading his team to the state championship over the weekend, his future team won the Big East Tournament in New York. Siva said he watched as much of Louisville's run in the Big East as possible and was excited about the Cardinals success in Madison Square Garden.

"I saw a couple games and all the highlights," said Siva. "After we won the state championship everybody was saying ‘Louisville is cutting down the nets, too!' (Saturday) was a great day. That's big they got the No. 1 seed."

Siva, who will replace Andre McGee in the Cardinals backcourt rotation next season, said he plans to arrive in Louisville this summer to get ready for his freshman season.

"I'm supposed to be going there around June 22 a couple weeks after I graduate," Siva said. "I'm going to start working out more with my trainer and just handing out more with my friends before I get there."

Siva averaged 18.1 points per game this season.

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