Checking in With Peyton Siva

Photo by Randy Whetstone Jr.

Photo by Randy Whetstone Jr.

Peyton Siva was back in Louisville last week to host the Camp of Champions at Louisville Collegiate School with former UofL teammate Russ Smith and current Boston Celtics guard Terry Rozier. Siva played one season in the NBA after helping lead the Cards to the 2013 National Championship. He was drafted 56th overall in the 2013 NBA draft and played the 2013-14 season with the Detroit Pistons. Last season, he played in Italy and will head to Germany this year. Siva signed with ALBA Berlin of the German Basketball Bundesliga.

What do you enjoy about the camp?
It’s great to be with the kids. We have a lot of kids who came out, and Terry came out this year along with me and Russ. It’s just fun. It’s fun to get out there and have fun with these guys.

What do you try to get across to the kids?
My main focus for the kids is to just have fun. Basketball is a fun game. You just have to enjoy it. A lot of kids get frustrated and everything, but my whole point to them is to just enjoy basketball. It can take you a long way.

The draft was last week. What are the emotions that you felt around draft time in 2013?
You hear where you could be drafted, where you’re going to play. You just have to trust the process, trust in God and whatever happens happens. You just have to make the best out of your situation.

Where are you playing now?
I played last year in Italy, and this year, I just signed with Germany. Looking forward to going to Berlin.

What do you enjoy about playing overseas?
It gives me a chance to experience the world and continue to play basketball – continue to do something I love.

Where in Italy were you?
I was in Caserta, Italy.

Which is close to what major cities?
It’s near Naples and Rome. So I got a chance to see those cities and the Amalfi Coast. I had a great time.

Do you get a chance to travel much?
It’s amazing. My family gets a chance to go with me. We take our daughter with us, and she gets to see the world. I can’t complain. I’m getting paid to do what I love, and I don’t feel like I’ve worked a day in my life.

What kind of NBA player will Chinanu Onuaku be?
I just think he’s going to be a good defender and a good team player. From what I hear and what I saw a little bit of, he’s a good shot blocker, a good rebounder.

How important is passing for a big man in the NBA today?
Very important because a lot of teams are playing through their bigs, a lot of cutters. You see that with Golden State and even Cleveland – they used their bigs to pass the ball, and the NBA is all about cutting and moving without the ball. VT