Jerry Carino said the 2013 three-star guard from Gill St. Bernard's (NJ) "will keep Northwestern on his list pending the new hire." Still, he fielded significant interest from Alabama and Seton Hall before his initial commitment.
This is not at all uncommon. The fact that NU will likely grant the release shows its respect for Sina. However, the new hire figures to greatly influence his final decision.
It may tie back to assistant coach Fred Hill, who played a prominent role in Sina's recruitment. Hill - the former Rutgers head coach - flexed his New Jersey recruiting muscle throughout the initial process. If the new coach retains Hill, that would likely be significant to Sina.
For now, the Northwestern program can only hold its breath as the highly-touted recruit heads back to the open market.