That all changed when Bill Carmody was dismissed as head coach after 13 seasons. Now, Sina's dramatic recruitment will open up yet again. The three-star point guard from Gill St. Bernard's (NJ) first contacted Sam Hellman of Scout to offer his thoughts. As Northwestern and athletic director Jim Phillips search for the perfect hire, Sina will reconsider whether NU is the perfect fit.
"It's tough obviously that [Carmody] got fired and I'm very disappointed for their family," he told Hellman. "But Northwestern is going through the process of finding a new coach in the next two or three weeks, and I'll be doing the same."
Despite being disappointed with the final decision, Sina still expressed his interest in attending NU. To him, Carmody was not the lone factor working in the program's favor. Assistant Fred Hill – formerly head coach at Rutgers – was involved in his recruitment. And while Sina refused to rule out the Wildcats as his final destination, he stressed that his recruitment is currently wide open.
"Northwestern is obviously still involved," he said, "but I'm just going to explore whatever options I have and re-do the recruiting process in the next few weeks."
Sina will be granted release from his letter of intent on Tuesday – the respectful move from Jim Phillips. But already, schools have contacted his coach – father Mergin Sina – and "expressed interest" in the skilled and proven winner.
"It's really too many to list off," he said, adding that this included most of the schools who offered him prior to the NU commitment. He had received offers from Alabama, Miami (FL), Virginia and Rutgers among several others.
It seems as though Sina wishes it would all slow down. This sudden firing put his final destination back into question, and he will be forced to find that elusive "best fit."
"There's no leader or school I'm focused on," he said. "A lot are in it."