Northwestern hoops got a major boost Monday when Jaren Sina, a four-star point guard from New Jersey, verbally committed.
ESPN rates him as the nation’s 75th-best rising senior and Scout.com has him 82nd, making him perhaps the top recruit of the Bill Carmody era. The 6-foot-2 Sina chose Northwestern over Alabama, where he had previously committed, and St. John’s, Seton Hall, Stanford, Virginia and Pittsburgh.
It represents a big score for a program that has spent much of the last four years on the wrong side of the NCAA tournament bubble. Sina will immediately compete with Dave Sobolewski and Tre Demps for the starting point guard spot.
NU assistant Fred Hill played a big role, given that when Hill was Rutgers’ head coach, he offered Sina his first scholarship.
“It’s been great with coach Hill,” Sina told Scout.com. “(NU coaches) have been recruiting me extra hard. They’ve been around (me).”
Sina made second-team All-New Jersey as a junior last season by averaging 20 points and 8.4 assists and shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range. His team, Gill St. Bernard’s, finished No. 3 in the Newark Star-Ledger state top 20.