Louisville Duo Climbs
No surprise that in Louisville's unexpected and exciting wins last week that two Cardinal prospects have made progress on teams' big boards this week:
Peyton Siva, G, Louisville
In last year's extremely talented crop of guards (John Wall, Avery Bradley, Xavier Henry, Lance Stephenson, Maalik Wayns), Siva ranked right there up with them as one of the top incoming guards on the collegiate scene.
Is it time to consider Siva a draft prospect in this draft that certainly lacks depth at his position? First, it was his acrobatic layup to beat West Virginia and then, it was his weaving and shifting shot in the lane to beat UConn in double-overtime. Few players in the country have the ability or can handle the pressure to elevate their performance to such a huge level. And Siva did it twice.
On the year, he is averaging 11 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds and better than 2 steals per game with a killer crossover. Unfortunately, a down game against Georgetown (read: 5 points, 8 turnovers) may cost Siva some hype and he may need a more consistent string of performances to wow scouts again.
Terrence Jennings, F, Louisville
Building on the Louisville/Siva-hype last week was super-athletic junior forward Terrence Jennings. Scouts love Jennings' athleticism and length for a frontcourt prospect, but are less than enthused with the progress in his offensive game. In fact, he has spent quite some time in Rick Pitino's doghouse so far this season, which has really limited his play and production.
The brightside for the rangy big were his last two games, UConn and Georgetown. Jennings set career-highs with 16 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks against the Huskies, his first career double-double. And then bested that performance with a new career-high 18 points with 7 rebounds against Georgetown earlier in the week.
By President Corey Ruff - 2-2-11