Jaren Sina is a 6-foot-2, 175 pound guard out of Gill St. Bernard’s School in Gladstone, NJ. He recently decommitted from Alabama and now garners offers from several Big East, ACC and Big Ten schools. Michigan has also recently gotten into the recruiting process, and Sina is emphasized that he’s very interested in the Wolverines. I caught up with the sharp-shooter last night to discuss his recruitment.
For those who haven’t seen you play, can you describe your game? I’m more of a point guard, a floor general. I lead my team. I feel like I have a great ability to score. I’m a very good 3-point shooter, and I’m good at getting into the lane. I’m a good leader.
Biggest strength? Probably would be my mid-range game. I’m a shooter and then obviously just getting into the lanes, shooting off the dribble. My range is pretty good too. So I would say shooting is my biggest strange.
Are you planning on sticking with playing point guard in college also? Yes.
You recently decommitted to Alabama — can you just talk a little bit about that and talk about where your recruiting process is now? With Alabama, I had a great relationship with the coaches, but I just wanted to make sure I made the right choice. I was able to get some other options, so I just wanted to go through the process again. It’s been a little crazy, but I’ve been in contact with a lot of ACC, Big East and some Big Ten schools.
Which schools have you been in contact with the most recently? I just took a visit to Penn State. I got an offer from Miami last week, I’ve spoken to Villanova, Rutgers, Seton Hall, Kansas, Virginia, Florida State, Syracuse, obviously still Alabama.
Which schools have offered you a scholarship? I have offers from Seton Hall, St. John’s, Rutgers, Penn State, Miami, Cincinnatti, Alabama and I don’t know if I’m leaving any others out. A lot of the Big East and ACC schools.
Have you visited those schools? No, I committed to Alabama so early—I wanted to have this opportunity now to be able to go through the process longer and just be able to take some of these visits and get a better look at some of these schools.
Have you been in contact with the Michigan coaches? My dad (and coach) has. He’s spoken with Coach Beilein a couple times. I still have to get back to them, but yeah Michigan…I’m really interested in Michigan.
What is it about Michigan that you like? I’ve always been a fan of Coach Beilein. I actually know his son (Patrick) too. I’ve always been a fan, even when he was at West Virginia. I think he’s a great coach and I love his system. I love the way he plays, and I’d love to be recruited by him.
And how do you know his son? His son (Patrick) was actually an assistant coach at Dartmouth. He might’ve been a grad assistant or something like that, but I met him and he was a really cool guy, and he told me a lot about his dad. This is when I was actually committed to Alabama when I started this relationship with him. He’s a pretty cool guy.
Are you planning on visiting Michigan? I just have to continue to go through the process. I really have to get more in contact with the coaches. My dad has been in contact with Coach Beilein, but I’d definitely be interested if it’s an option to come visit.
What do you know about Michigan in general? I have a very obviously broad view, but I definitely like the option to learn more about it, and obviously take that visit and learn more about the school.
Is there any college or pro player that people tend to compare you to? A lot of people compare to me to (former Duke point guard) Bobby Hurley. Also (former Maryland point guard) Steve Blake, I’ve gotten a lot of different players.
Once you get closer to making a decision, what is some of the main criteria that you’re going to look for in a school? Location isn’t a factor. If the school has a great academic reputation, and somewhere I think I’d fit in the offense and I’d be most comfortable playing for four years. So I’m really looking at the offense structure and stuff like that.
Any idea when you’ll make the decision? I really have no idea. I’m just gonna take my visits. Whichever school I feel is best and when I know the time is right I think I’ll make that choice.