The Jaren Sina Process

In this Insider update, publisher Nick Medline offers thoughts on the state of Jaren Sina's recruitment.

Here are a few additional thoughts after speaking to Jaren Sina on Saturday evening.

1) If Sina returns to Northwestern after de-committing, it will be for Chris Collins. Fred Hill led Sina's original recruitment, but the new Northwestern head coach will lead the current process. They spoke for 40 minutes in attempt to bond — which appeared to have worked. From an outside perspective, it doesn't seem likely – or desirable – for Collins to keep Hill on his staff. The talented Carmody assistant may manage to stick around, but it's on Collins to pitch the new-look program. We often don't give Carmody enough credit for attracting players. In Sina's case, the 3-star guard from Gill St. Bernard's (N.J.) grew attracted to the Princeton offense and overall stability. Without that, he re-opened his recruitment, and Collins made one step towards reeling him back in.

2) Around the same time Sina spoke to Purple Wildcats, his father spoke with Adam Zagoria of SNY and offered some differing points. Purple Wildcats was informed on Saturday morning that Seton Hall led Sina's recruitment, which was compounded by his father's statement that Jaren was "very close" to committing. Mergin Sina seemed the most outwardly affected by the Carmody dismissal, and Collins will have to win him over next.

3) In this hectic schedule, Sina and I both grew confused by the multiple NCAA "dead periods" of recruitment in the coming weeks. But the major point is this: don't expect any decision soon. Indiana will likely need to show considerably stronger interest to earn his commitment. Seton Hall has thrown its cards on the table, or so it seems. Alabama might offer the most intriguing case. Sina originally committed to Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide before changing his mind. Alabama continues to show interest, and Sina plans to visit Tuscaloosa in the coming weeks. As Sina finalizes dates – which he was unsure of on Saturday night – it will be interesting to see which comes first: his Collins in-home or his Alabama visit. If Collins comes first, NU will hope to regain his commitment before the coach leaves. Otherwise, everything looks wide open.

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