Feb. 2, 2012
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville men's basketball student-athletes Kyle Kuric and Peyton Siva have been named to the Capital One District 2 Academic All-District 2 men's basketball first team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Inclusion on the all-district team will move both on to consideration for Capital One Academic All-America honors.
A 6-4 senior from Evansville, Ind., Kuric has a cumulative 3.32 grade point average in business management. He is the top scorer (13.2 ppg; 25th in the BIG EAST) for the Cardinals (17-5, 5-4 BIG EAST) and is third in the BIG EAST in three-pointers made per game for league games only (2.86 per game; 20-of-50, .400). He has 35 career double-figure scoring efforts, including reaching that mark in 25 of his last 33 games dating back to last season. Kuric serves as the student representative on the U of L Athletic Association Board of Directors. He expanded his community service efforts this year, promoting projects through his web site KylesCornerForKids.com.
A 6-0 junior from Seattle, Wash., Siva has a 3.44 GPA in sociology. The Cardinals' starting point guard is fourth in the BIG EAST in assists (5.8 per game; 28th nationally), sixth in steals (2.0), and 14th in assists-to-turnovers ratio (1.60). He has handed out five or more assists in 19 of his last 26 games. His driving layup with 1.4 seconds in overtime lifted Louisville to a 62-60 victory over Vanderbilt earlier this season and that effort is nominated for the 2012 GEICO Play of the Year. Siva was honored on the preseason All-BIG EAST second team and is among the candidates for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year.
Other student-athletes on the five-man all-district team include Morehead State's Ty Proffitt, Bucknell's Bryson Johnson and Lafayette's Ryan Willen. The academic all-district teams are divided into eight geographic districts across the United States and Canada. To be eligible for the honor, which recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances athletically and in the classroom, a student-athlete must maintain at least a 3.3 cumulative GPA.