(News Release) -- University of Louisville senior guard Peyton Siva has been selected as one of 30 candidates for the 2012-13 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate basketball.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School , the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
The Preseason BIG EAST Player of the Year, Siva earned first team preseason All-America honors by 2012-13 Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook and was a third team selection by The Sporting News. The Cardinals’ starting point guard from Seattle, Wash., Siva averaged 9.1 points, 5.6 assists (fourth in the BIG EAST) and 1.7 steals (seventh in BIG EAST) last season. His 449 career assists rank eighth among UofL all-time assist leaders and his 211 assists in 2011-12 were the second highest ever for a UofL single season.
Siva particularly shined in the postseason in helping lead the Cardinals to the NCAA Final Four. The Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 BIG EAST Championship, Siva was also named to the West Region All-Tournament team.
He received the 2011-12 BIG EAST Conference Scholar-Athlete Sports Excellence Award for men’s basketball, an honor presented to an individual in each of the league’s 24 sports which recognizes academic and athletic achievement as well as community service. Siva, who has a 3.41 cumulative grade point average in sociology, was named to the 2011-12 Capital One Academic All-District 2 men’s basketball first team.
The candidate classes will be narrowed to 10 men’s and 10 women’s finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one men’s finalist and one women’s finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA Final Four® in Atlanta April 6 and 8.
For more information on all the candidates, visit SeniorCLASSaward.com. Siva’s profile on the site can be found here.