OAKLAND -- A big reason why former Louisville guard Peyton Siva was looking forward to Saturday's predraft workout at the Warriors practice facility was the chance to play in front of another Rick Pitino disciple in Mark Jackson.

"He's one of the all-time great point guards and he played under Coach P also," Siva said of the Warriors coach, who played under Pitino for two years with the New York Knicks. "Just that connection right there."

"It would be great," Siva said of playing for Jackson. "He's great coach and they had a great year this year. It'd be wonderful."

Siva was one of five guards to work out for the Warriors on Saturday. Although the Warriors do not own a pick in the draft, they may need a point guard if soon-to-be free agent Jarrett Jack signs elsewhere.

The 6-foot-1 Siva, projected to be a mid-to-late second round selection in the June 27 NBA Draft, has seen his stock rise thanks to his efforts at the NBA combine last month in Chicago, where he had a vertical leap of more than 41 inches and bench pressed 185 pound 15 times.

Siva is regarded as an exceptional passer and scorer, a solid pick-and-roll player who is quick enough to get to the basket.

"My playmaking ability is pretty much what my calling card is,"said Siva, who has worked out for eight NBA teams so far. "Just showing that I can make plays for others, get others involved."


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Siva had a remarkable senior year at Louisville. Along with leading the Cardinals to the national championship, Siva averaged 10.0 points and 5.7 assists per game. The Seattle native was also the Big East Tournament's most valuable player for the second straight year, as he was lauded by Pitino for his defensive work.

"I'm not afraid of anybody, I'm not afraid to speak up. I like to lead by example and by speaking,"Siva said. "I definitely can bring that to any team, but I would know my role as a rookie. Hopefully I can gain that trust being the point guard."