With the mega hours of Olympic television coverage lately, we’re all getting more familiar with the Pacific Rim and the Chinese influence on sports. Fourteen years old is actually 16 in China, and taking a dive is a Chinese specialty.
Jeff Walz and the Lady Cards are hoping they’ll get a call from Asia. Not the continent, but from Asia Taylor, a 6-1 senior forward from Columbus, Ohio, Whetstone. She’s one of the best in the state, and would be a key commitment for the freshman class of 2009.
Asia averaged 21.7 pts. a game as a junior and also played AAU ball for the Ohio Glory this summer. She says the AAU stint made her a much better player, and experts consider her a strong candidate for Ohio Player of the Year and the top five in the state.
Louisville isn’t the only major college vying for her services. Cincinnati, Florida State, Kansas, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska and Ohio State are also her list.
SheÃ‚Â was said to be contemplating announcing her decision today, which also happens to be her birthday.
Steer clear of the Big 10, Asia. Land in the Cardinal bird nest. We would even toss in extra eggrolls and duck sauce if we didn’t think it would violate NCAA rules. Hey, and Happy Birthday, too!
UPDATE: No official word on whether the call came or not but you know somebody was there to answer the phone.
What they say about Peyton Silva, one of the most sought after high school basketball players in the country, who has made a verbal commitment to play for Rick Pitino and the University of Louisville:
Scout.com: “Shaping up to be one of the top point guards on the West Coast. Athletic and he’ll go up and dunk as he’s a fine leaper. Sinks long trifectas and has a way about him on the court that is calming to others.”
Seattle Post-Intelligencer: “‘His jumping ability kind of blows you away,’ said Craig Murray, director of the Bremerton-based Total Package select program. ‘He’s very fun to watch.’ True, Siva can sky with the best of them. He’s been able to dunk since the seventh grade and routinely uses his spring to make game-changing plays.”
SlamOnLine.com: “Siva is tops on many schoolsÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ wish lists, most notably Kansas, Arizona, and the Washington schools [Washington State and U-Dub] but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s a good bet that he dons the Cardinal Red of Louisville, as theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve been pursuing him the most. When asked if that rumor is true, Siva slyly smiles and says, Ã¢â‚¬Å“theyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re in itÃ¢â‚¬Â, noting how strong they already are and will be even stronger when they add St. BenedictÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s big man Samardo Samuels in the fall.”
RiseMag.com: “Siva,Ã‚Â a rising point guard at Franklin (Seattle, Wash.), did it all. He handled intense pressure from the T-Mac All-Stars, hit countless big 3-pointers and got into the lane with ease.”