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July 2, 2012Northwestern made a big splash with its first Class of 2013 commitment, Rivals100 point guard Jaren Sina.
Sina, the No. 90 recruit in the country from Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard's School, announced his decision on Monday night via Twitter. He chose Northwestern over a host of major programs, including Butler, Pittsburgh, Stanford and Villanova.
"Committed to NORTHWESTERN!!!!!! Wildcats Lets Goooo!!! #tooexcited," is what Sina tweeted at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
Northwestern assistant Fred Hill, a former Rutgers head coach with deep ties in New Jersey, was instrumental in getting Sina to Evanston.
Sina visited Northwestern in March and walked away impressed with head coach Bill Carmody and the Wildcats' Princeton Offense.
"I felt most comfortable with the coaching staff," Sina told Rivals.com. "Also the system and the way they play is a good fit.
"I'm a pass-first point guard and an unselfish player and a shooter. They have a lot of ball movement and shoot the ball a lot from the perimeter."
The four-star prospect averaged 20 points and 8.5 assists per game this season for Gill St. Bernard's, an elite, private prep school coached by his father, Mergin. GSB wound up 27-4 and ranked fourth in the state after getting knocked out of the playoffs by Jersey City St. Anthony, a national hoops power coached by the legendary Bob Hurley.
Sina -- who initially committed to Alabama in January of 2011 but decommitted 10 months later -- is now the only member of the Class of 2013. The Wildcats previously had a commitment from forward Milos Kostic, but he decommitted last month in what was termed a mutual decision between him and the program.
Sina is a skilled passer who can shoot the three, but he says that he will need to bulk up to compete in the rugged Big Ten.
"I need to continue to get stronger," said Sina. "In the Big Ten you have those guys at Ohio State and Michigan State with big, strong teams. I've worked hard to get quicker and I think that's really helped."
About his decision to commit now, Sina said, "I think because I knew where I wanted to go I didn't want to waste any coaches time. I just wanted to get it over with."