Sina, a 6-foot, 170 pound point guard from Gill St. Bernard's High School in New Jersey is the first member of the Wildcats' 2013 recruiting class. Northwestern beat out East Coast schools including Rutgers and Seton Hall for Sina's signature. Also in the mix was Alabama, where he first committed as a sophomore.
In Sina's decision, Scout.com National Recruiting Analyst Evan Daniels sees an ideal match between school and player going forward.
"Jaren Sina is a great fit for Northwestern, and a perfect fit for their system," said Daniels. "I think it was a great decision for him; the way they run their offense and his style of play fit together well.
"What I like about Sina is that he can make shots; he's always a threat to knock down a deep jumper," Daniels added. "He won't overly impress you with his athleticism or speed, but he's steady and makes good decisions with the ball in his hands."
At the time of his commitment, Sina ranked as a four-star prospect, the highest rated recruit in Northwestern history. However, in Scout's latest set of rankings he dropped down to three stars, falling out of the Top 100. According to Daniels, this had less to do with Sina and more with the ascension of others around the country.
"Throughout the spring we had some guys emerge nationally," explained Daniels. "If we had extended five to ten more spots, he would have made the list. He's right there on the edge, and it doesn't at all change who he is as a player."
Upon Sina's arrival, he will join a backcourt that includes 2011-12 Big Ten All-Freshman selection Dave Sobolewski and redshirt freshman Tre Demps. Though the returners are likely to lock up minutes, Sina will likely have a chance at immediate contribution as the Wildcats continue their quest for their first-ever NCAA tournament berth.
"I certainly think Sina's going to have an opportunity to play," said Daniels. "Anytime a freshman comes in they will be challenged by upperclassmen, but I think there will be an opportunity for him to contribute and get minutes right away."