Sina Down to Three

Jerry Carino reports that 3-star point guard Jaren Sina cut Alabama from his final list.

Jerry Carino of New Jersey Hoops Haven reported on Tuesday night that Jaren Sina cut Alabama from his final list.

Northwestern, Indiana and Seton Hall remain — setting the stage for a fittingly dramatic decision. Rather than speeding the progress of his recruitment, it appears the sweepstakes will continue for several days.

Adam Zagoria added that Sina plans to visit Indiana on Apr. 24, as the Hoosiers make the late run for the 3-star point guard from Gill St. Bernard's (N.J.).

When Indiana offered recently, many fans staged an informal social media campaign for his services, and in the process helped Sina gain several hundreds of Twitter followers.

This newly cut list still marks a positive for NU, as Alabama provided a strong case. They continued to recruit Sina even after he de-committed from the Crimson Tide and signed with NU. Everything grew more complicated from there.

When athletic director Jim Phillips made the decision to dismiss Bill Carmody after 13 seasons, Sina chose to reopen his recruitment. He told Purple Wildcats on Mar. 30 that his first interaction with Chris Collins went well, and it seems like his official meeting left hope for NU.

It doesn't help, however, that the new-look staff will not include Fred Hill. The former assistant under Carmody secured Sina's commitment to NU, but Collins understandably wants to design the staff in his own image.

The Sina decision will affect the team recruiting agenda moving forward. It is less likely that NU takes on another point guard – say, Marcus Bartley – if Sina re-commits. Collins, with his impressive work thus far, can only sit and wait for the final decision. That might not come anytime soon.


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