Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Seton Hall picks up four-star PG Sina
By Dave Telep
The Seton Hall Pirates will be bringing in more than 2,200 points in the form of four-star senior point guard Jaren Sina (Lake Hopatcong, N.J./Gill St. Bernard’s).
Sina, a one-time Alabama commit and one-time Northwestern signee who has among the best 2013 recruits left on the board, ended his recruitment when he picked Kevin Willard’s team on Wednesday, the first day of the spring signing period.
Four-star PG Jaren Sina committed to Seton Hall.
The Pirates' full staff conducted an in-home visit with Sina on Sunday that sealed the deal.
“At the end of the day, having an opportunity to play right away at Seton Hall was big,” Sina said. “When I spoke to coach Willard, we’d have a productive in-home visit on Sunday. That was the finisher right there.”
Sina visited Alabama last weekend. The Crimson Tide was the first program he committed to, very early in the process and early in his high school career. Sina went so far as to help raise funds for Tuscaloosa after the 2011 tornado that devastated the surrounding area. However, the Jersey boy apparently wasn’t meant to be in the SEC and eventually decommitted from Alabama.
Last fall, Sina then signed with Northwestern. But when the Wildcats fired coach Bill Carmody this spring, Sina asked for and was granted a release from his letter of intent with Northwestern. Days later, Sina began rebuilding his recruiting process. Indiana jumped in and Seton Hall, which was never out of the equation, remained as the hometown option.
In the past week, the Pirates hired former Northwestern assistant and Rutgers head coach Fred Hill to be part of Willard’s staff. The move bumped Seton Hall to the front of the pack.
“It was pretty big," Sina said. "Coach Hill is the guy that I’ve had a relationship with when I was in the eighth grade. He offered me a scholarship when he was at Rutgers. He believes in me and he has a lot of trust in me. I trust him.”
So there you have it. Next year Sina and the 117 3-pointers he made this past season are moving 30 minutes from his home. A long, roundabout journey from the SEC to the Big Ten to the newly formed Big East is over. Jaren Sina is a Seton Hall Pirate.