Louisville Cardinals' Peyton Siva A Great Pick Up Late In Second Round

By Trevor Lowry
Peyton Siva
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Peyton Siva just won a national championship with the Louisville Cardinals in the 2012-13 college basketball season. Unfortunately, he was a senior this past year, so he will have to take his talents to the next level. His draft stock may not be that high, but he can still be a great pick up late in the second round of the 2013 NBA Draft.

This past season, Siva put up 10 points per game and 5.7 assists per game. He also recorded 2.3 steals per game and is a very efficient shooter from the free-throw line.

Siva is not going to score a lot of points per game, unless if his shot and the way he plays the game magically changes, but that is okay. He will still be a great field general for any team and he is a very good defender. Simply put, Russ Smith may have led the team in scoring by a lot this past year, but if it was not for Siva, Louisville would not have won a national championship.

At times, he was the most important player on the court. His numbers on the offensive side of the ball did not improve that much from last season, but he is all about the defense and setting up his teammates on the offensive side of the ball.

Sure, players like Trey Burke are definitely getting a lot more hype and will probably make a much faster impact than a player like Siva will in the pros, but that does not mean a Siva is going to amount to nothing at the next level. He is a great point guard and if a team is in need of one, waiting as long as the second round to pick up Siva is not the worst idea in the world.

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