NU among four-star guard's favorites

Gill St. Bernards School point guard Jaren Sina has drawn interest from a number of schools, now holding double-digit offers. The four-star prospect considers Northwestern to be one of his favorites, and is looking to build an even better relationship with the coaches.

In midst of a busy summer before his senior year, Jaren Sina is feeling good about the Wildcats. The 6-foot-2 point guard from Gill St. Bernards School in New Jersey holds an offer from head coach Bill Carmody and Northwestern.

"Definitely, Northwestern is one of the top schools on my list, and I want to continue to build a strong relationship with them," said Sina, a four-star prospect ranked 83rd overall in Scout's top 100 for the class of 2013.

Central in Sina's recruitment is his relationship with Northwestern assistant coach Fred Hill, who is based out of New Jersey.

"I talked to Coach Hill a couple nights ago; we always stay in touch," said Sina. "We have a great relationship, he actually offered me my first scholarship as a freshman when he was the coach at Rutgers. He's a really good guy and we talk about a lot of things, not just basketball."

The allure of Big Ten basketball combined with Northwestern's academic programs have kept Sina's eyes set on Evanston. He visited the school in March, spending time with Wildcat stars Drew Crawford and John Shurna and taking in the campus.

"Northwestern's in a great conference, and academically it's one of the top schools in the country, my family likes that part," said Sina. "I like the opportunity I'd have coming in as a freshman and getting to contribute right away."

Sina has a packed schedule over the next couple months, attending prestigious camps including the Deron Williams Skills Academy, the NBPA Top 100 Camp, and the LeBron James Skills Academy, as well as competing in the Nike Peach Jam with Team Final. He's been busy in the weight room as well in preparation for college basketball.

"I've been getting stronger and working at putting on weight," said Sina. "The biggest part for me playing at the next level is gonna be getting quicker and stronger."

With a host of offers from Big Ten, ACC and Big East schools, Sina has a tough decision on his hands in the coming months. His recruitment is still very much up in the air, and the Wildcats will await his choice with fingers crossed. Besides Northwestern, Sina listed Alabama, Pitt, Rutgers, Stanford, Virginia and Virginia Tech.

"I have no idea when I'm going to commit yet," said Sina. "Hopefully I'll have my final list at the end of July. I'll commit when I know it's the right time."


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