Pressure situations on the court help players prepare for tests off of it

Updated: April 6, 2009, 6:40 PM ET
By Ian R. Rapoport | Special to ESPNRISE.com

Most shooters step to the free-throw line with a pre-shot routine, and Peyton Siva is no different. That ritual doesn't change whether it's early in the first half or the game is on the line.

The point guard from Seattle takes a few deep breaths, says a quick prayer, offers himself words of encouragement and then lets the ball go. The Louisville-bound prospect approaches other facets of his life similarly … in the classroom, particularly.

"It's the same thing with ...

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