It’s official: Northwestern has signed point guard Jaren Sina and swingman Nate Taphorn for the 2013-14 season. The New Jersey-bred Sina is listed at 6-foot-2, 192 pounds and Taphorn, from downstate Pekin, is 6-7 and 190 pounds.
NU coach Bill Carmody called Sina, who shoe Northwestern over Seton Hall, Alabama, Pitt and Memphis, “a great leader. He's an excellent dribbler, passer and long-range shooter and is someone who makes his teammates better. He's the type of guard who puts everyone in position to do what they do well. There's a toughness about him that I like. He's the son of a coach and has a great understanding of the game.”
Taphorn is said to be a deadly long-range shooter who also had offers from Colorado, Creighton, Boston College and Bradley.
“Nathan is recognized as an excellent long-range shooter, which he is, but at 6-foot-7 he is fast, can defend and is able to get to the basket,” Carmody said. “He has been very well-coached at both the high school and AAU levels. I think his best days are ahead of him.”