Peyton Siva: Louisville Has Talent to Repeat
Former Louisville point guard Peyton Siva, who helped lead the Cardinals to the NCAA championship in April, told ESPN.com that this season’s team will be “better” and is “more talented” than last season’s title-winning squad.
“They really aren’t missing anything,” said Siva, who signed with the Detroit Pistons last month after being drafted in the second round. “The key for them will be chemistry, because talent-wise, there’s nothing to worry about.”
Louisville returns starters Russ Smith, Chane Behanan and Wayne Blackshear, along with Final Four Most Outstanding Player Luke Hancock and emerging big man Montrezl Harrell from last season’s team that went 35-5 and knocked off Michigan in the national title contest.
Junior college standout Chris Jones is expected to step into Siva’s role as the starting point guard, and Louisville coach Rick Pitino told ESPN.com in July that Harrell will replace Gorgui Dieng as the Cardinals’ starting center. Louisville also added freshman guards Terry Rozier and Anton Gill.