March 12, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -
University of Louisville men's basketball's Peyton Siva was selected as the 2013 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Scholar Athlete of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.
This season alone, Siva has accumulated multiple honors away from the hardwood. After earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-District first team, the sociology major landed a spot as the program's second CoSIDA Academic All-American in late February. A second-team pick, Siva boasts a 3.37 cumulative grade-point average and was named Louisville's American Eagle Outfitters Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete, as chosen by the BIG EAST Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
Just two weeks ago, the Seattle, Wash., native was recognized for his contributions to the community. He was the only BIG EAST player named to the Allstate NABC Good Works Team for his charitable efforts in the areas of volunteerism and civic involvement, which include building homes for the elderly, leading basketball clinics, reading to students and working with children with hearing disabilities.
Currently, he is one of 10 finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, which honors the attributes of NCAA Division I senior student-athletes in four areas: community, classroom, character and competition.
Athletically, the all-BIG EAST third team selection is among the BIG EAST leaders in assists (5.9, fourth in the BIG EAST; 22nd in the nation), free throw percentage (.887, first), steals (2.0, tied for fourth; 46th in the nation) and assist-turnover ratio (2.1, 6th). He became the Cardinals' 64th career 1,000 point scorer (1,121 current total) this season and his 631 career assists rank second all-time at UofL. His 226 career steals are just five shy of breaking the record currently held by Darrell Griffith.