January 25, 2011

Tide lands 2013 hoops star

Anthony Grant and the Alabama Crimson Tide added their second commitment for the 2013 recruiting class on Tuesday with a pledge from New Jersey sophomore Jaren Sina, a 6-foot-2, combo guard who chose the Crimson Tide over offers from Big East programs Rutgers, Seton Hall, St. John and Cincinnati.

The tough, rugged East coast guard joins four star Tennessee native Shannon Hale as an early commit for what is shaping up to be a strong 2013 recruiting class for Alabama.

quotes from coach and dad coach mergin sina

"Tonight's a proud night for me. Jaren committed to Alabama and as a family we couldn't be happier," said Sina's coach and father Mergin Sina. "I know it's a long way from home but what can I say. Jaren just knew when he went down for the elite camp that Alabama was the place for him. My son is very mature for a sophomore and he did his homework. He really fell in love with the campus, coaches and everything when he was there for the camp. The distance was never a factor because we wanted our son to be happy and he is.

"The biggest thing to us was a sense of family and Coach Grant and his staff brings that. Every one of those coaches treat Jaren likes he's one of their own. So I know that when he is at Alabama he's going to have someone there to look out and take care of him. Also we believe in what Alabama is doing. Coach Grant wants a certain kind of chemistry and Jaren fits that mold."

Sina has been on the Crimson Tide's radar since Grant noticed him during a game with his 16 & under team.

"We were a 16 & under team playing against much older kids and we were just hoping some of the colleges would notice us for the future. We had no name going into the year so we were trying to lay the foundation for the future. We weren't thinking about this year," Sina said. "I heard Coach Grant was coming to watch our game but I didn't think much about it. I thought he was probably watching the other team. But then I started seeing him at our next game, then the next and then the next and I know that was a good sign. When they offered Jaren we were very excited. We knew his reputation and we were impressed with him from the start."

Sina, who started picking up attention from Big East schools last summer on the AAU circuit, has earned praise for his strong fundamentals and his awareness on the floor.

"Jaren understand the game of basketball. It's that simple. He is a throw back in a lot of ways because he has that old school mentality that in order for a team everyone has to be involved. His basketball IQ is high and he knows how to run a team. He's very unselfish," Sina said. "He's got NBA range, actually easy NBA range and so he can score but running an offense and being a point guard is his first priority. Another thing that helps him is he is so intense and rugged. He fights for everything and can't stand to lose."

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