Highly rated point guard commits to Northwestern

Highly rated point guard commits to Northwestern
Northwestern received a verbal commitment from point guard Jaren Sina. (Kelly Kline/Getty photo)

Northwestern hoops got a major boost Monday when Jaren Sina, a four-star point guard from New Jersey, verbally committed.


rates him as the nation’s 75


-best rising senior and has him 82


, making him perhaps the top recruit of the

Bill Carmody

era. The 6-foot-2 Sina chose Northwestern over Alabama, where he had previously committed, and St. John’s, Seton Hall, Stanford, Virginia and Pittsburgh.

It represents a big score for a program that has spent much of the last four years on the wrong side of the


tournament bubble. Sina will immediately compete with Dave Sobolewski and Tre Demps for the starting point guard spot.

NU assistant Fred Hill played a big role, given that when Hill was


’ head coach, he offered Sina his first scholarship.

“It’s been great with coach Hill,” Sina told “(NU coaches) have been recruiting me extra hard. They’ve been around (me).”

Sina made second-team All-New Jersey as a junior last season by averaging 20 points and 8.4 assists and shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range. His team, Gill St. Bernard’s, finished No. 3 in the Newark Star-Ledger state top 20.

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