May 24, 2007

Peyton Siva emerging in 2009

It took one game in front of the national analysts at the Arizona Cactus Classic for 5-foot-11 Seattle Franklin point guard Peyton Siva to emerge on the national scene.

The 2009 prospect scored 21 points with five rebounds and three assists in Seattle Rotary Select's 85-65 victory over the Arizona Magic and recruiting analyst Jerry Meyer took notice.

"At around 6-feet tall, Siva has a surprising vertical leap and a burst with the dribble in the open court," Meyer wrote following the game. "He knocked down at least five three-pointers, and even though he looked more like a shooting guard than point guard Friday, he did do an excellent job passing the ball off his penetration."

Siva also made an impact on Saturday, scoring 21 points against the Houston Hoops and then 27 in a three-point loss to the Bay Area Hoosiers. analyst Justin Young was watching the second Saturday game.

"Seattle Rotary guard Peyton Siva is carving out a nice reputation for himself here in Tucson," Young wrote. "The sophomore guard is mixing it all together nicely. He's proving he is a top notch scorer, evident by his 27 points against a balanced Bay Area Hoosiers club.

"He's proving he is a passer and set up guy with pin point passes and few turnovers. A no-brainer high-major, Siva has an offer from Washington already. Arizona is taking a good look at him, Memphis and Texas."

Siva ended up averaging 24.0 points per game during the tournament, establishing himself as one of the top point guard prospects in attendance.

He enjoyed the success he had at McKale Center.

"It feels good to play on the Arizona court," Siva said.

Siva says that Arizona and Washington are recruiting him the hardest, and both schools' style of play benefits their case in landing the emerging point guard.

"I like how Arizona plays run and gun," Siva said. "With Washington I like how (Lorenzo) Romar uses guards and it is close to home."

Playing for a team that likes to run is important for Siva, as he feels that he thrives in that system.

"I think I would just describe my style as up tempo but I want to work some more on my dribbling and my strength." Siva said. "I am looking for an up tempo team where I can get playing time. I like the fast paced game, the up and down style like Phoenix."

We also caught up with Siva in Las Vegas. On the bench was ex-Seattle Rotary Select and Arizona star Marcus Williams, who has a good relationship with Siva.

"That's my idol," Siva said of Williams. "He told me that Arizona is a cool school. I like it a lot. He talks to me about the recruiting process. He tells me to keep my straight and keep my head in the books, so that's what I'm focusing on right now."

Peyton Siva says that he plans to make a decision by the end of his junior year. will stay in contact with him throughout his recruiting process.

* Jason Scheer contributed to this report.

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