Over the last week or two there has been a lot of talk both locally and nationally about Russ Smith. Sitting around doctors offices and on news stands across the country Smith has a featured article in this weeks Sports Illustrated. Some are calling Russ a potential All-American, maybe a Player Of The Year candidate and has even been listed as a potential NBA first round draft pick next season. Locally, these type conversations often turn to another guard on Louisville’s roster; Peyton Siva.
Why would Russ Smith be listed above Peyton Siva in many NBA Draft experts predictions? Why isn’t Peyton Siva even considered as a first rounder? Well, I have some thoughts to that.
I believe that in order to play at his full potential and be noticed nationally, Siva must account for 30-35 points per game. I don’t mean necessarily by just scoring points, but the combination of made field goals and assists. I don’t think it has to even be consistent. Some match-ups will dictate more of a fac