Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Jaren Sina commits to George Washington

Jaren Sina, who spent first two years of his career at Seton Hall, will be transferring to George Washington. (Photo courtesy of Ray Floriani)

Seton Hall's most recognized expatriate of this past season has found a new home.

Jaren Sina, the sophomore shooting guard who parted ways with the Pirates in February after helping lead his teammates to a No. 19 ranking in the nation, committed to George Washington earlier this evening.

Sina, who will have two remaining years of eligibility beginning with the 2016-17 season, joins the Colonials on the heels of a 22-13 season and second round appearance in the National Invitation Tournament, and chose George Washington after strongly considering Michigan, enabling himself to step into a backcourt that has already lost point guard Kethan Savage, who recently transferred to Butler. His arrival will not be the first in which George Washington head coach Mike Lonergan has taken on a high-major transfer, as he rode the success of Maurice Creek (Indiana) and Isaiah Armwood (Villanova) to the NCAA Tournament in 2014.

"I'm happy I can go to a place where the culture fits me as both a basketball player and a student-athlete," Sina told Jerry Carino, who covers Seton Hall for the Asbury Park Press and Gannett New Jersey's Hoops Haven site. "I have a good opportunity to contribute from the point guard position, so that's obviously a factor. When you combine that with the school itself, it's a home run for me."

Sina averaged seven points per game in 23 contests for Seton Hall last year, registering 2.4 assists per game in the process. In addition, he was one of the more articulate and insightful players in the Pirates' locker room.

George Washington also secured a more immediate assist to their roster today, as Dartmouth guard Alex Mitola; ironically a former high school teammate of Sina's at Gill St. Bernard in New Jersey, announced he would use his fifth and final year of eligibility with the Colonials. The graduate transfer is eligible immediately.

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