PROVIDENCE, R.I. - University of Louisville guard Peyton Siva, who led the Cardinals to a share of the BIG EAST regular-season championship in 2013, has been chosen as the 2012-13 American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The selection was made by the Conference's Academic Affairs Committee.
A senior from Seattle, Wash., Siva will receive a $2,000 scholarship, which may be applied to graduate or professional studies, as the Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He also will receive an additional $2,000 award as Louisville's Institutional Male Scholar-Athlete. He is the first player from Louisville to earn Men's Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year honors.
Siva started all 31 regular-season games as the Cardinals' point guard, helping Louisville go 26-5 overall and 14-4 in BIG EAST play. He averaged 9.9 points and 6.2 assists per game. He led the BIG EAST in free throw shooting, making 88.7 percent of his attempts and was fourth in the league in both assists and steals. Chosen as the 2012-13 BIG EAST Preseason Player of the Year, Siva was an All-BIG EAST Third Team choice and a Capital One Academic All-America Second Team selection this season.
Siva, in his third year as a starter, helped Louisville to the NCAA Final Four and the BIG EAST tournament championship in 2012 as he averaged 9.1 points and 5.6 assists per game. He was the recipient of the 2012 Dave Gavitt Trophy as the Most Outstanding Player of the BIG EAST Championship.
Siva holds a 3.41 grade-point average as a sociology major. He is a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma honor society and was chosen as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award in recognition of his athletic, academic and community service record. He has participated in Louisville's Gifts of Christmas program and has served as a guest speaker at a number of area elementary schools.
The American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year award is one of a number of scholarships presented by the BIG EAST Conference and American Eagle Outfitters during the 2012-13 academic year. In addition, 30 student-athletes (one male and one female from each of the BIG EAST's 15 member institutions) will receive postgraduate scholarships as the winners of their respective institutions' Scholar-Athlete Award. The conference also names a BIG EAST Football Scholar-Athlete of the Year. The winners of the institutional, basketball and football awards are then eligible for the BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award, which provides an additional postgraduate scholarship to one male and one female student-athlete.
American Eagle Outfitters BIG EAST Men's Basketball Scholar-Athletes Of The Year
1985 Mike Moses St. John's
1986 Ron Rowan St. John's
1987 Harold Jensen Villanova
1988 Mark Plansky Villanova
1989 Ramon Ramos Seton Hall
1990 Stephen Thompson Syracuse
1991 Greg Woodard Villanova
1992 Darren Morningstar Pittsburgh
1993 Arturas Karnishovas Seton Hall
1994 Arturas Karnishovas Seton Hall
1995 Marc Molinsky Boston College
1996 Adrian Griffin Seton Hall
1997 Ya Ya Dia Georgetown
1998 Pat Garrity Notre Dame
1999 Rob Hodgson Rutgers
2000 Lavor Postell St. John's
2001 Ruben Boumtje Boumtje Georgetown
2002 Carlton Carter Virginia Tech
2003 Emeka Okafor Connecticut
2004 Emeka Okafor Connecticut
2005 Craig Forth Syracuse
2006 Joe Herber West Virginia
2007 Aaron Gray Pittsburgh
2008 Ted Talkington West Virginia
2009 Alex Ruoff West Virginia
2010 Tim Abromaitis Notre Dame
2011 Tim Abromaitis Notre Dame
2012 Tim Abromaitis Notre Dame
2013 Peyton Siva Louisville