ATLANTA – University of Louisville men’s basketball senior Peyton Siva has been named the recipient of the 45th annual Frances Pomeroy Naismith award, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced Friday from Springfield, Mass.
The Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award is named in honor of James Naismith's daughter-in-law. A panel of representatives from the National Association of Basketball Coaches selected Siva based on leadership, character, loyalty, all-around basketball ability and excellence in the classroom.
“Peyton Siva is one of the elite players in college basketball,” John L. Doleva, president and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame said. “He excelled not only on the court but also in the classroom and it is an honor to recognize Peyton for all of his outstanding efforts this year. He is very deserving of this prestigious award.”
This season, the Seattle, Wash., native has been recognized for his work away from the hardwood on multiple occasions. He was named the BIG EAST Men’s Basketball Scholar-Athlete, a Capital One Academic All-American, earned all-district academic honors, and a spot on the Allstate NABC Good Works Team, which recognizes student-athletes for their volunteerism. Siva boasts a 3.37 grade-point average in sociology.
On the court, the guard was named BIG EAST Tournament MVP for the second-straight year – a feat only accomplished one other time in the conference’s history – and an all-BIG EAST third team selection. Earlier this year, he broke the career steals record, originally held by Darrell Griffith, and ranks sixth for most steals in a season in school history with 84. Siva needs seven assists to break the single-season school record of 226 held by LaBradford Smith (1989-90), and he ranks second for most steals in a career.