Cardinals’ senior point guard Peyton Siva was awarded that accolade on Wednesday, as the Big East moved closer to the start of another season with their annual media day.
After a run to the Final Four a season ago and many of their key contributors returning, expectations are through the roof at Louisville heading into 2012-13.
Siva’s preseason achievement is an early indication of that and as the back court’s senior leader, head coach Rick Pitino will be turning to the 5-foot-11 play maker throughout the year.
Over the past two seasons, Siva has averaged at least nine points and five assists per game, but there shouldn’t be much doubt that those numbers can’t increase during his final go-around in Louisville.
With junior forward Gorgui Dieng anchoring the paint down low, the Cardinals return a plethora of talent that dubbed them the unanimous favorite in the conference on Wednesday. A sophomore trio of Chane Behanan, Wayne Blackshear, and Kevin Ware also increase expectations, while former George Mason transfer Luke Hancock is eligible and looking to contribute.
While Siva’s undoubted leadership may ultimately hold the key to the Cardinals’ success, the guard is coming off a season that ended with a bang, despite the team’s Final Four loss to Kentucky.
Siva helped lead Louisville to the Big East Tournament championship, earning Most Outstanding Player honors on the way. Siva was also named to the NCAA West Regional’s All-Tournament team last March, the portion of the bracket that the Cardinals ended up winning.
Siva averaged 9.1 points, 5.6 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game last season.
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