The latest shock wave emanating from South Orange came earlier today in the form of sophomore guard Jaren Sina deciding to transfer from the program. The news was first reported by Jerry Carino.
"I tried my best. I think I was a good teammate," Sina told Carino. "I've always been positive. I've always worked hard. I always gave it 100 percent. It's not a good situation for me right now. At the end of the day, I think it's best for me and my family."
Sina, who was averaging 7 ppg, 2.5 rpg, 2.3 apg and was 40 of 125 from three (32%), had started every game this season except for his last in a Pirate uniform against Georgetown last night. Sina's career high came against N.J.I.T. as a freshman when he scored 17. Seton Hall was 10-2 when Sina hit three or more three-pointers in a game over his career.
"I appreciate all the hard work and determination Jaren has put into our program over the last two years," Pirates head coach Kevin Willard said in a release. "He is an outstanding young man, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors."
The shooting guard's decision to depart comes on the tail end of two tumultuous games for Seton Hall in which their locker room issues were unveiled post-Marquette and then the very same locker room door was closed following last night's loss to Georgetown.
Most notably a storyline during the pre-season, Sina was one of Kevin Willard's leaders coming into the season after logging 26 mpg and receiving 19 starts as a freshman. Willard went so far as to say Sina helped by calling set plays for the team this season. It appears clear that Seton Hall's toxic locker room played a part in Sina's decision making process.
In the immediate future, expect freshman Khadeen Carrington to continue to see time in place of Sina. Looking further ahead, 6-foot-5 guard signee Dalton Soffer (Poway, H.S.) is on board to join the team next season and can play a similar role that Sina did.