Peyton Siva motivated by UConn clips

The clip of Louisville guard Peyton Siva falling down while trying to guard UConn's Kemba Walker was played over and over during the coverage of the NBA draft.

Siva, who overall had good games against UConn, noticed the clips and now is using them as motivation heading into his junior season, he told The Courier-Journal.

"Playing against Kemba Walker was actually a good thing for me," Siva said. "Playing against him, it made me realize I’m going to go out and play my best because you don’t want to get embarrassed.

"There were about three plays when he got me. They played them (on ESPN) when he got drafted. I was like, ‘OK, so those plays when he got me, they're going to show those three after all the ones that we played against each other? OK, I have something to work on next year to not have that showing again.'

"He never took a play off. Even if you think you’re playing good, you can have one bad play. You can’t take plays off."

That Siva would come up with ways to inspire himself should make coach Rick Pitino beam with pride. His statements reflect the kind of desire that could be contagious in the locker room for the Cardinals.

It's Pitino who has talked this offseason about the 5-foot-11 point guard having the kind of season that could result in him leaving school early for the NBA draft, according to The Courier-Journal.

"One thing I've learned in this business is not to think like me but to think like the player," Pitino said. " ... Peyton is one of the top five individuals -- as a human being -- that I’ve coached in 35 years, pro and college. He makes my top five easily. So that being said, he's a sensible young man, but I know if he has a great year he will think that way (about turning pro)."