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JAREN SINA OPEN TO ANYTHING IN SECOND RECRUITING GO-ROUND
Jaren Sina looked like he had ended the recruiting process early and was off the board before college basketball fans across the country really had a chance to begin to follow his recruitment. Sina, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound point guard from Gill St. Bernard in New Jersey verbally committed to the Crimson Tide last January, during his sophomore season. Now as he is preparing for his junior season the Class of 2013 prospect is back on the open market and looking forward to going through the complete recruiting process.
“I have a great relationship with the coaching staff at Alabama, but I just wanted to have the opportunity to go through the recruiting process again and make sure that I am making the right decision and that I am 100% sure on my choice,”Sina told NBE Sports earlier this evening.
That relationship with the Alabama staff is especially true with head coach Anthony Grant and Sina is definitely still considering the SEC program.
“Alabama, Virginia, Penn State, Villanova (‘Nova Tickets), Georgetown (Hoya Tix), Miami, Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John’s, Michigan, Cincinnati (Tickets), Kansas [and] Northwestern are some of the schools in my recruitment process,” he said. “As of right now I am wide open in my recruitment.”
Sina also mentioned he knows of scholarship offers from Alabama, Seton Hall, Rutgers (RU Tickets), Miami, St. John’s (SJU Tickets), Cincinnati (UC Fan Gear) and Penn State. When the news of his re-opening of the recruiting process, college coaches made sure they found their way to the Gill St. Bernard’s gym to make their interest known and see Sina work out.
Sina is in a very unique situation as he will play this season for his father Mergin Sina, who took the reigns of the Gill St. Bernard program before last season after previously serving as the school’s head girls basketball coach. Coach Mergin Sina played college basketball at both Seton Hall University and Rhode Island University as well as professional basketball in Europe for twelve years. His son definitely displays plenty of traits of growing up with a basketball father in his heady play. Jaren is also working on rounding out his game this year under his father’s watchful eye.
“I feel that my game has improved in many ways,” Jaren said. “I’ve worked on my body putting more muscle and size on, allowing me to become a more physical player. Also, my mid-range game is becoming a weapon that I have been using more frequently in my games.”
Just like a coach, the younger Sina has also identified areas to work on in his game.
“I have to continue getting stronger and work on finishing above the rim,” he said.
Sina is looking forward to competing in the City of Palms Classic in December with his teammates and has set his sights on a state championship. Along the way he will also continue through the recruiting process. While he plans to take his time with his decision, he has identified some factors that will play the biggest role in his final decision.
“Some factors that will play in my decision are academics, the campus and the right fit in offense for me,” he said. “Also, location is not a factor.”
We have seen once with his decision to make a verbal commitment to Alabama that location will not be a factor in his decision. However, Jaren Sina will have plenty of schools in the Northeast hoping location does keep him closer to home. We will continue to follow the recruitment of Sina as he works through the process as one of the top point guards in the Class of 2013.