Decommitments can be avoided 

October, 5, 2011
10/05/11
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Distance, Attention and the de-commitment
In the last week, two ESPNU 60 juniors decommitted. In looking back at the commitments of guards Jaren Sina (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Gill St. Bernard’s), then to Alabama and Kendrick Nunn (Chicago, Ill./Simeon) to Texas A&M, two similarities stick out.

First, at the time of the commitments both generated the same response: odd. Geography aside, Sina, a Jersey kid, popped for an SEC team in January of his sophomore season. Alabama had spotted him six months prior and worked him hard for the pledge; the Crimson Tide deserve credit for jumping on his bandwagon. I’m all for guys working hard and getting good players, that’s the way it should be. That doesn’t change the perception that occurs when Alabama marches into a Big East territory of strength and nabs a kid. Behind the scenes, I’m sure the Tide knew it had a fight on its hands to walk this commitment to signing day. Like Sina, the timing of Nunn’s commitment caught observers by surprise. His commitment came with almost no advance warning.