In a fairly stunning turn of events, 2013 shooting guard Jaren Sina (Gill St. Bernard's, N.J.) has skipped his recently scheduled visit to Indiana and has committed to Seton Hall, as first reported by Jerry Carino.
Jaren originally committed to Alabama in January of 2011 before opening his recruitment in October of the same year. Sina then pledged to Northwestern last July after the relationship between himself and Seton Hall dipped following Aquille Carr's commitment to the Pirates. Sina's commitment to Northwestern fell through following the firing of head coach Bill Carmody. In the final chapter of Jaren's recruitment, the Seton Hall coaching staff, perhaps boosted by the arrival of former Northwestern assistant Fred Hill, closed a crucial deal with Sina today. Jaren had scheduled an official visit to Indiana and trimmed Alabama from his list just last night.
For all of Kevin Willard's recruiting shortcomings since his arrival in South Orange, this is perhaps his, and the staff's, best job. Assistant coach Dan McHale contributed significantly with Sina's recruitment, as did the recent hire of Fred Hill. Beyond the coaching staff, Seton Hall point guard Sterling Gibbs, a Scotch Plains, N.J. native, surely weighed in on Sina's decision, as they will be backcourt mates for the next three seasons at Seton Hall.
Sina will bring a savvy knowledge of the game, deadly outside shooting, and the ability to play both on and off the ball to Seton Hall this fall. In short, a stereotypical Kevin Willard player. Jaren averaged 21.3 PPG and 9.1 APG during his senior season at Gill St. Bernard's, good enough for first-team All-state in New Jersey. Sina tallied 2,146 points, 861 assists and 91 victories over the span of his career under head coach and father Mergin Sina at GSB.
Here are some more Sina stats, courtesy of Jerry Carino:
For his career, Sina shot 46 percent from 3-point range, scored in double figures in 104 of 111 games and handed out 10-plus assists on 28 occasions. The Knights went 91-22 with him in the lineup, winning two Somerset County crowns and a sectional title along the way.
This season Sina became the first Somerset County schoolboy to hit the 2,000-point milestone since Bridgewater-Raritan West legend Miller did it in 1989. Sina's final tally of 2,146 is believed to be the county record, besting Miller's 2,112.