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Peyton Siva Continuing To Turn Heads Before The NBA Draft


On the heels of a standout performance last week at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago, Peyton Siva is continuing to demand the attention of NBA GMs, coaches and scouts.

The latest example came on Thursday at the combine for the Brooklyn Nets, where Siva reportedly stole the show.

Siva, who last month led Louisville to the NCAA championship, was one of the few brights spots on the court at the Nets' training facility and clearly outplayed former Arizona floor general Josiah Turner in the 5-on-5 portion of the program.

"I think I played really well," the 6-foot, 180-pound Siva told following the workout.

"I think I showed teams I can run the point guard and create for others and that was really my main thing coming out today, was just showing them that I can run a team and just play good defense and I think I did a pretty good job at that."

Siva's self-interpretation was validated by NBA personnel in the room.

"Real competitive, great speed, what do you say, winning culture, being coached, can take all you can give him," said Nets' Director of Player Personnel Gregg Polinsky. "He's gonna get some looks."

Despite his final college act being to lead Louisville to its first national championship since 1986, Siva has widely been projected by experts to go undrafted in the weeks since he cut down the nets in Atlanta. Because of performances like the one on Thursday, that's starting to change.

"Peyton has come so far, he plays completely under control now today," the scout told "Rick Pitino's done a great job with him and he listened to Rick, so it's a win-win. You had a great coach and you had a talented young man. I've always had problem with him playing out of control. I never questioned his ability and obviously he did what he needed to do to win the national championship."

He added: "I think he'll be drafted in the second round."

If the man gets a shot, I think we all know what he'll do with it.