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Peyton Siva, Jr. shines at University of Louisville - Apr 26, 2011


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Peyton Siva
By B. Faamausili bf@samoanews.com
Louisville University Mens Basketball created a tremendous beginning with a 11-2 start of their 2010-2011 NCAA basketball season, and the starting 58 180 pound Samoan and Creole point guard Peyton Siva (180-G-90). had a lot to contribute during this years early push.

U of L is currently ranked No. 23 in the top 25 NCAA ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll for the Mens Basketball rankings, after being ranked No. 22 previously before falling to the No. 11 ranked University of Kentucky last Saturday, New Years Day.

Peyton Siva was honored by the Big East Conference and named the Big East player of the week, last week. The Cardinals will face their conference rival Seton Hall University at home, later on today.

Samoa News had the opportunity to speak to Peyton Siva Sr. on Monday afternoon, January 3, 2010. Peyton Siva Sr, who is the father of the young star, spoke to Samoa News over the phone while he was visiting family in New Jersey for a couple of days.

He said at that time, my goal is to be with my son so that he doesnt have to worry about anything.

The proud father added, Peyton is very blessed and I thank God for playing through my son. As he grew into an athlete, he played football, baseball, cricket, and basketball. But playing football was his first love. He was an active running back and wide receiver in the football little leagues all the way until he got injured his sophomore year at Franklin High School in Seattle.

Thats when he told me that he wanted to try and focus on basketball. I just want to thank all of his supporters, family and the people of American Samoa for noticing my son and Im glad my son can be a role model for some of the young Samoan youth.

Peyton Jr.s grandfather is from the island of Manua , and his grandmother is from the village of Vaitogi, Peyton Sr. said

I have it in my heart that my son and I can maybe sometime visit our homeland this year, so that my son will get to experience the lifestyle of our people and where we came from.

As a facilitator, Peyton Jr. leads the Cardinals in assists, with 63 assists in only 13 games, which is more assists than he recorded last year when he had 56 for the whole season. The upcoming star also has a total of 30 steals, 140 points, and averages 10.9 points per game so far in the 2010-2011 season. This young talented Samoan handed out at least three assists on 11 occasions as a freshman, but an early season wrist injury disrupted his early development.

When he recovered from his injury, Peyton returned to the hardwood floor and produced eight points, three steals and matched a career high with five assists in 17 minutes at Connecticut. He has numerous achievements, as he stamped a career-high of 14 points at West Virginia, adding two steals and a career-best matching four rebounds, and made four of five three point field goals.

He totaled six points and a career-best matching five assists at St. Johns, and played an efficient 12 minutes against Cincinnati, totaling 10 points, three assists and three steals while hitting 3-of-4 field goals.

With just the second game in six weeks, Peyton conducted 12 points against Villanova University without his wrist being heavily taped. This player produced three points, and a season-high matching four rebounds against Louisiana Lafayette.

He sprained his wrist again after the second meeting against UNLV, and missed two games. When he returned to action, he produced five points, four assists and four steals versus Western Carolina. He totalled eight points and three assists against Oral Roberts.

Peyton also played on a Reach USA team in China to represent America, where he scored 15 points, 14 rebounds and four assists, and also scored the game-winning shot to carry the USA reach team to a 70-69 victory over the Russia Peak All-Stars in the final.

According to www.sportsreach.org, Peyton Jr. countered his way through two defenders with 3.4 seconds left in the game against the Russia Peak All-Stars. He then came across a 74 Russian and jumped up with his bottom to shield the Russian, and kissed it off the glass for the winner.

His high school basketball achievements are numerous, and include two Class 3A Washington State championships. He attended Franklin High School.

He was named Mr. Basketball in the state of Washington, and the Washington state high school Player of the Year by the Associated Press and the Seattle Times.

He was a three-year captain for Franklin High School and was ranked No. 25 nationally in the ESPN 100, and 38th by Scout.com, and No. 51 nationally by USA Today. Peyton Jr. started as a freshman averaging 13.2 points per game and played his part in helping Franklin win the state 4A championship.

His parents are Yvette Gaston and Peyton Siva. He has an older brother, Michael and a sister, Leilanna Barrientes.

Peyton received offers from Washington, Arizona, Kentucky, Miami, but committed to Louisville University after high school, saying its the best school in the world.

  



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