Jaren Sina Finds Home With Seton Hall

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Seton Hall has not gotten many breaks during the Kevin Willard era, but their luck could be taking a turn after Gil St. Bernard senior point guard Jaren Sina committed to the program.  Sina, 6’1, was on his way to Northwestern University, but changed his mind after the firing of head coach Bill Carmody.  Maybe even more important than the firing of Carmody in Sina’s decision was assistant coach Fred Hill being hired.  The same day Fred Hill agreed to join Willard’s coaching staff at Seton Hall, Sina committed.  There is some history between Hill and Sina, as Hill was actively recruiting Sina when he was the coach at Rutgers.

Sina joins a lengthy list of successful Pirate point guards, especially of late.  Andre Barrett, Donald Copeland, Eugene Harvey, and Jordan Theodore all held their own handling Seton Hall’s offense.  Barrett and Copeland led their teams to the NCAA Tournament.  One thing that is noticeable different from these past Seton Hall stars, is Sina’s passing ability. 

While all of these players were terrific passers in their own respect, Sina is in another category.  During his senior year at Gil St. Bernard, he averaged 7.0 assists per game.  James Kerti, a National Scout said, “Jaren Sina is a fantastic jump shooter off the dribble. The attention his shooting draws allows him to find open teammates with ease, and he does so willingly.”  Sina expects to see a lot of playing time as a freshman.  The transfer of sophomore guard Aaron Cosby to Illinois leaves Seton Hall with a huge vacancy in the backcourt.  These are huge shoes for Sina to fill, but Cosby, who averaged 12.6 PPG, was known more as a scorer than anything else.  Sina provides the Pirates with excellent outside shooting and precision passing, something that was not in Cosby’s repertoire.

The signing of Sina gives Seton Hall something they did not have.  Besides just a starting point guard, he gives the Pirates hope they can compete in the new Big East Conference.  Without the likes Syracuse, Louisville, and Pittsburgh, Seton Hall has a more realistic chance of competing in the conference.  With 6’9 Patrick Auda coming back from a broken foot, center Eugene Teague, and small forward Fuquan Edwin returning for their senior seasons, Sina will not have the pressure to do everything by himself.  Overall Sina is the kind of kid who can change the fortune of a program.  Just watch and enjoy.