The Basketball Hall of Fame announced their list of final 12 candidates for the Bob Cousy Award Thursday and Louisville senior Peyton Siva made the cut. The Cousy award goes to the best point guard in college basketball at the end of the year.
Peyton Siva isn’t the flashiest player on the court, but he does the little things to make the Cardinals better. His ability to drive to the hole and dump it to the open player is an amazing site to see. He also has the ability to put the pressure on defense, force turnovers and keeping Louisville’s tempo fast.
John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said of this final list via HoopHall.com:
It is truly an honor to recognize this year’s final 12 candidates — this is an elite group of student athletes that have had a tremendous consistency to their season. The Cousy Award screening committee has worked diligently to narrow down their list, and we look forward to recognizing the player that embodies the same leadership skills and determination as Bob Cousy.
Not many players would want to be a point guard in Rick Pitino’s system, but Siva seems to have the mental capability to understand everything and the thick skin to handle Pitino’s constant direction. He is a special person on and off the floor.
Pitino said several times in press conferences this year, that Siva is one of the finest people he has had the privilege of coaching.
Siva’s story growing up wasn’t easy, but he stepped up to the plate when his family needed him and now is stepping up to the plate when Louisville needs him.
This year Siva is averaging 10.6 points, 6.1 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Which compared to some of the others who made the Cousy Award list isn’t that impressive, but with Siva Louisville can beat any team in the country, not every player on the list can make as much of an impact than Siva can on his team.
The list will be cut to five players by the selection committee on March 11.