Siva spectacular in McDonald's win

Seattle (WA) Franklin point guard Peyton Siva gave Louisville fans something to be excited about with his performance in the McDonald's All-American game Wednesday night in Miami.

Peyton Siva made a strong impression in the nation's most prestigious high school all-star, helping lead his East team to a 113-110 win over a talented West squad.

In a game marred by selfish play and shoot-first mentality – typical of talent showcases – Siva played under control and looked to get his teammates involved in the offense. While some have questioned his ability point guard ability, Siva was the most impressive point guard on the court Wednesday night, dishing out a game-best nine assists while effectively directing his team's offense.


Peyton Siva led the McDonald's All-American
game with nine assists.

Siva, Washington's Mr. Basketball, also chipped in six points on 3 of 5 shooting, three rebounds and a steal in 19 mintues. At 5-foot-11, 180-pounds, Siva showed off his athleticism, unselfish decision-making with the basketball and ability to push the tempo and find open teammates for easy baskets against the best high school basketball talent in the country.

Siva also made several highlight plays that drew praise from ESPN announcer Len Elmore, including:

*An adeptly delivered alley-oop pass from near mid-court that Pittsburgh-bound big man Dante Taylor slammed home;

* An impressive two-hand slam-dunk on the break;

*And a spectacular 360 layup on the fast break while heavily guarded.

If there were any questions about Siva's ability to finish in the open court – there isn't – Siva certainly proved he knows how to get to the basket and convert.

With the McDonald's game now behind him, Siva will head to Louisville for the Kentucky Derby Festival Classic April 10-11. Besides being named to the McDonald's All-American team and earning Washington Mr. Basketball honors, Siva also was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Washington, as well as a Parade All-American.

Georgia Tech-bound big man Derrick Favors won MVP honors for his 19-point, 8-rebound effort.


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