Jaren Sina's commitment boosts Seton Hall's backcourt

By Jeff Borzello | College Basketball Writer

When Aquille Carr announced in March that he was planning to go overseas instead of to Seton Hall, the Pirates didn't seem overly concerned.

On Wednesday, we found out why.

Jaren Sina, one of the best guards still on the market, chose Seton Hall over Northwestern and Indiana.

Sina originally signed with Northwestern but opened up his recruitment when the Wildcats underwent a coaching change from Bill Carmody to Chris Collins. New Jersey native Fred Hill was on the staff at Northwestern and was hired this week as an assistant coach at Seton Hall. Fellow assistant Dan McHale played a major role in getting Sina to South Orange.

The 6-foot guard from Gill St. Bernard (N.J.) should be a major boost to the Seton Hall backcourt next season. The Pirates already have Texas transfer Sterling Gibbs slotted in at one guard position, but Sina could start alongside Gibbs. Both players are capable of handling the ball, running an offense and also knocking down perimeter shots and getting to the rim.

If Seton Hall stays healthy next season, it could be much improved from this year. Gibbs and Sina are set in the backcourt, although head coach Kevin Willard could also go big with Brian Oliver at the two. Fuquan Edwin returns on the wing after being named honorable mention All-Big East, while a healthy Brandon Mobley is also solid. Gene Teague anchors the interior.

Seton Hall went 15-18 this past season.

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