Jaren Sina to Seton Hall

10363734It looks like the hiring of Freddie Hill has paid immediate dividends on the recruiting front for Seton Hall.

On the same day that the school named Hill an assistant, Gill St. Bernard’s point guard Jaren Sina pledged to the Hall over Northwestern and Indiana. Hill had previously served as an assistant at Northwestern under Bill Carmody when Sina committed to the Big Ten school.

“I’m a Pirate!!!!!! Ready to play for my state!!!!! #SetonHallPirates,” he Tweeted.

“For me, an opportunity to play right away and play for my home state did it,” he added to SNY.tv. “Coach Hill was huge but the entire staff including [assistant Dan] McHale was huge.”

The 6-foot-1 Sina gives the Pirates another quality ball-handler in the backcourt along with Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs, which is important considering that Aaron Cosby left the program and transferred to Illinois. The two Jersey guards know one another and can complement each in the backcourt.

Gibbs Tweeted: “Got my backcourt mate for the next couple years… Lets go hall”

Said  Sina: “We can alternate it [playing the point]. He’s a great player and a good friend of mine and I believe we are going to do great things.”

“Coach [Kevin] Willard was talking about he’s very favorable of having two point guards on the court that can handle the ball and play off the ball as well,” Mergin Sina, Jaren’s father and coach, previously told SNY.tv.

“Jaren’s done that at the high school level with me and feels comfortable playing on or off the ball.”

Sina averaged 21.3 points and 9.1 assists last season at Gill St. Bernard’s, while making 117 3-pointers en route to first-team All-State honors.

Sina’s decision comes two days after he met with new Northwestern coach Chris Collins and one day after he had announced plans to visit Indiana next week. He also recently trimmed Alabama — the first school to which he committed in 2011 — from his list.

Instead, he will stay home and play in the new Big East in front of his local fans.

Sina’s decision makes the Hill addition look good right away.

The former Rutgers coach spent three years at Seton Hall under then-coach Tommy Amaker, when the Pirates reached the Sweet 16 in 2000.

“We are excited to welcome Fred back to the Seton Hall family,” said Willard. “Fred has a great basketball mind and brings over 30 years of experience to our coaching staff. He is a proven recruiter who has a track record of attracting elite talent in each of his coaching stops. Fred enjoyed tremendous success on the recruiting trail in his first term at Seton Hall, and we look forward to this next chapter of his coaching career.” 





15 comments
PatrickDillon71
PatrickDillon71

@AdamZagoria he's going to play low d1...simply not athletic enough to get in lane, or get shots. Appreciate his contribution.

EJ_Blair
EJ_Blair

@AdamZagoria Maybe prep school would have benefitted him 1 year. The Big East schedule is demanding work/life balance.

EJ_Blair
EJ_Blair

@AdamZagoria Well now he loses 1 year of college ball anyway. Looking forward to the full story!

BklynBalter16
BklynBalter16

@EJ_Blair my guess is it all stems from whitehead and his HS school coach.He thinks he is above the rest, not good for locker room.

EJ_Blair
EJ_Blair

@BklynBalter16 Haha that's so true. I envision him transferring to an Ivy like Columbia or Princeton.

BklynBalter16
BklynBalter16

@EJ_Blair best of luck to him, he is very solid. problems seem to be all whitehead and gibbs fighting on a daily basis.