November 23, 2011

Sina looks around, still likes UA

When Jaren Sina decommitted from the University of Alabama in September, it by no means meant the 2013 point guard was no longer considering the Crimson Tide. The New Jersey native just wanted to look at other schools before making a final decision.

Since reopening his recruitment, Sina has begun that process of looking around at other schools.

"I haven't been on too many visits right now because it's tough with being in school and having a lot of open gyms, but so far I've been to Rutgers, Seton Hall and Penn State, more of the local schools," Sina said.

"They were good visits. I think it was just good to get a view on some different schools. They're all different in different ways. It's nice to get a chance to look at so many schools, and I'll probably start visiting schools more after the season."

Now that Sina has visited other schools and seen what they have to offer, the Rivals100 star has something to compare his Alabama visit to, and it sounds like UA is still the team to beat at this point.

"I think the difference with Alabama in terms of the school and the program is it's just passionate," Sina said. "I feel like in the South, everyone is a lot more passionate about their sports. The facilities (at the other schools) were very nice, but I feel like Alabama still has some of the top facilities on its campus."

In addition to the three schools he visited, Sina has offers from Cincinnati, Miami and St. John's. He's also heard from the likes of Kansas, Michigan, Stanford and Villanova since opening things up.

Sina and his father stay in contact with the UA coaching as well, talking with them a couple times a week.

"With Coach (Tony) Pujol and Coach (Anthony) Grant, I have such a great relationship. It's not always about basketball. We talk about school, pretty much anything," Sina said.

The former Crimson Tide commitment also tries to watch as many Alabama games as he can, including all three victories in Puerto Rico.

"I watched all the games so far that have been televised," Sina said. "I'm really impressed. It's crazy how good they are defensively. I think they might be one of the best teams in the country defensively."

Sina wants to visit Tuscaloosa at some point this season to see Alabama play in person.

Reach Greg Ostendorf at greg@tidesports.com.


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