With Aaron Cosby’s decision to transfer to Illinois and the questionable status of Tom Maayan for next season, Seton Hall was in need of some help on the recruiting trail as they move towards the 2013-14 season.
And “help” is exactly what the Pirates received on Wednesday, as 6-1 point guard Jaren Sina (Gill St. Bernard’s HS) announced his decision to attend college in his home state and play for Seton Hall according to Jerry Carino of Gannett New Jersey.
Head coach Kevin Willard and assistant Dan McHale missed on Sina twice during his recruitment, with the sharpshooter first verbally committing to Alabama and then ultimately signing with Northwestern during the fall signing period.
However a coaching change at Northwestern led to the departure of head coach Bill Carmody and assistant coach Fred Hill Jr., who put in a great deal of work in recruiting Sina. Sina reopened his recruitment as a result of the change, ultimately picking the Pirates over Northwestern and Indiana (who had yet to offer Sina).
Hill Jr. joined Willard’s staff at Seton Hall last week, and his arrival in South Orange only served to strengthen the Pirates’ chances of landing Sina. Sina is Seton Hall’s second commitment in the 2013 class, as Monroe (N.Y.) JC forward Stephane Manga signed his letter of intent Wednesday.
Sina will join a backcourt that currently features Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs and rising senior wing Fuquan Edwin, who was an honorable mention All-Big East selection this season.
The question now is whether or not Seton Hall will retain the services of Maayan, who may have to return to his native Israel to fulfill the three-year military obligation required of all Israeli citizens.
Seton Hall had a tough season on the court, losing 12 of their final 14 games to finish with a 15-18 record (3-15 Big East). And things weren’t much better on the recruiting trail either, as verbal commitments Aquille Carr (will play professionally overseas) and Jerron Wilbut (arrested on charges of robbery) won’t set foot on the South Orange campus.
Given how the 2012-13 season played out Kevin Willard’s program was in need of some good news, and that’s exactly what they received in the form of Jaren Sina’s decision to attend Seton Hall.
Raphielle also writes for the NBE Basketball Report and can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.