Louisville coach Rick Pitino has seen Samardo Samuels and Terrence Jennings unexpectedly depart the team and declare for the NBA draft in consecutive offseasons. Now Pitino is reportedly recruiting point guards in the event that Peyton Siva leaves for the draft after his junior year.
According to The Courier-Journal, several prospects have said Pitino talked about Siva's potential NBA future. Kris Dunn and Gabe York, two top-10 guards in the 2012 class, told the paper about Pitino mentioning the possibility of early entrants. According to York, "He’s told me up front that he thinks the guards are leaving and that I would have a good chance to play."
Much of this is Pitino covering his base to make sure a potential departure doesn't leave him without having communicated with some of the nation's top recruits at guard.
At the same time, it also presents an opportunity to look at the NBA prospects for Siva, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounder who has emerged an important player for the Cardinals. He averaged 9.9 points and led the team in assists last season, but also made only 27 percent of his 3-point attempts. He led the team with 69 steals, yet also committed 101 turnovers.
Siva recently spoke with Louisville Sports Buzz about his thoughts on the NBA and sounded more interested in the upcoming season.
"Of course every kid has dreams and aspirations of playing in the NBA, but we have not even been able to get out of the first round the last two years so that is really what I am focused on. This year I am just focused on getting out of the first round and winning games throughout the year and I will worry about that stuff when it comes," said Siva. "When you have that mindset of I am leaving after the year you kind of get sidetracked. All I am focused on is this team and I want to win games because if you don’t win game you are not going anywhere. I am just going to come out every day and work as hard as I can and the sky is the limit."