Sina looks for title, has strong interest

College interest continues to pick up for 2013 top 100 point guard prospect Jaren Sina.

A lot is expected from Jaren Sina.

Sina, who ranks No. 57 overall in the 2013 class, said he feels pressure playing for his father at Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard.

"It's honestly tough," Sina told "You get more expectations being the son of a coach. You hold yourself more accountable and responsible for a lot more things. It's tough. You bump heads a lot, but it's still a good experience."

Thus far the junior standout has lived up to the lofty expectations. Sina is currently averaging 20 points and nine assists a game and has Gill St. Bernard's set to compete for their first section title against Trenton Catholic today.

"We are in the state finals in the south," he said. "If we win Monday we play St. Anthony's and Kyle Anderson either this Friday or later this week. That would be the state championship and if we win that we'd make it to the tournament of champions."

"I've been having a real good year," Sina added. "They said I'm up for first team all-state and for player of the year, but there are a lot of different candidates. I've been playing real well."

Sina is known for his ability to shoot the ball, as well as his basketball IQ. He describes himself as a leader that knows how to involve his teammates.

"I think I'm just a good leader on the court," the four-star prospect said. "I can get a lot of people involved. I feel like I can score, but also dish the ball and I'm good at adjusting to my environment. I think I'm just a good floor general and leader."

But Sina isn't the only talented prospect on Gill St. Bernard's. He has two teammates – Alex Mitola and Dominic Hoffman – set to play Division-1 basketball next year. The three have been playing together in some capacity since before middle school.

"The nucleus of our team we've been playing together since we were in the 5th grade on the AAU circuit and on the high school level," Sina explained. "We've been playing together for a while and we are all best friends."

Next year Mitola will head to Dartmouth and Hoffman will be off to Bucknell, and much like those two, Sina has plenty of college attention.

"It's going great," Sina said of his recruitment. "I've gotten a lot of interest throughout the season and got some new offers. It's been good."

"Right now offer wise I have Alabama, Butler, Cincinnati, Memphis, Miami, Northwestern, Penn State, Rutgers, St. John's and Virginia," he added.

Sina said Villanova, Virginia Tech, Stanford and Michigan are also showing interest. Once the season ends, the 6-foot, 165-pound point guard wants to take some unofficial visits.

"It's been a little tough time wise because it's hard to get out there, but I want to take a lot of visits, so it's going to be a busy spring," Sina explained.

"I hope to go visit Michigan and probably go down to Villanova soon and possibly even Memphis in the spring," he said.

Despite all the early attention, Sina, who was once committed to Alabama, doesn't claim any favorites.

"I'm honestly still pretty much wide open," Sina said.

"I'm not playing with my same AAU team," he added. "I'm actually playing with Team Final out of Philadelphia, so it should be a big spring. I just want to keep everything open and continuing to go through the process."

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