When Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) product Jaren Sina committed to Alabama midway through his sophomore year of high school, it came as something of a surprise. It’s not often a player from central Jersey treks down to Tuscaloosa for college.
Last night, nine months after originally giving his pledge to Anthony Grant and the Crimson Tide, Sina announced he was decommitting from Alabama.
“We went down there a few more times, and I think it was a good thing we did,” said Mergin Sina, Jaren’s father and coach. “Something started changing with him. A few days ago, he came to us and said, ‘I’m not sure.’
“He just wasn’t 100 percent sure that’s where he wanted to be. It didn’t have anything to do with anything on Alabama’s part. It was just pretty much a feeling we had. It wasn’t the same.”
Sina, a 6-foot-2 point guard, is one of the best scorers in the class of 2013. He has tremendous range and can knock down shots with consistency from behind the arc. Sina can get his shot off in a variety of ways, absorbing contact and making tough baskets over defenders. As a point guard, he has a high basketball IQ and is a very good passer.
Mergin Sina said Alabama is still in the mix.
“They’re still under consideration,” he said. “We’re going to take it a little bit slow. We actually went down there four times, so we had a better opportunity to really research it. We’re just going to look and see if there’s anything else he wants. If it ends up being Alabama, that’s fine.”
When Sina originally chose Alabama, he also held offers from Seton Hall, Rutgers, St. John’s, Florida, La Salle and many others.
He and his father have yet to develop a list for his second go-round on the recruiting trail.
“It was a long day,” Mergin sina said. “I didn’t really answer the phone, I was bombarded with out-of-state numbers. I just started to listen to some of the stuff. He’s really going to take his time. We’re going to go through the process, let Jaren go through it naturally.”
Sina ranks No. 41 in CBSSports.com’s Top 100 in 2013.