Northwestern basketball is currently in a state of flux. After finishing 13-19, head coach Bill Carmody was fired following thirteen years with the school without reaching the NCAA Tournament.
By saying goodbye to a now past era, the Wildcats must find their path for the future. That path includes getting a new head coach and coaching staff, as well as building a new identity for the future of the program. Well, the path appears to have just gotten more difficult, as Northwestern’s 2013 commitment Jaren Sina has de-committed from the school following the firing of Carmody. Sportsnet New York first reported the story, tweeting, “Mergin Sina tells @SNYtv Jaren will ask for and get his release from Northwestern but will keep them on his list.”
Sina is a 6-1 point guard from New Jersey, who had committed to Carmody back in July. Rivals had ranked him as their no. 26 point guard and the no. 119 player overall. Northwestern fans were probably hoping that Sina would follow in the footsteps of a former 26th ranked point guard- Trey Burke in 2011.
As the tweet states, Sina is not necessarily saying he won’t go to Northwestern, but now the field is wide open for Sina’s potential suitors. He had a long list of teams chasing him before his commitment to Northwestern, including Miami, Pittsburgh, and Michigan. It is highly unlikely, in my opinion, that Sina returns to Northwestern after the de-commitment, as that is rare.
Northwestern now has just one commitment remaining in their 2013 class, a three star small forward, Nate Taphorn.
It didn’t seem that this program would be a quick rebuild, and losing their best recruit won’t help at all. Whoever Northwestern does hire will have to do a lot of recruiting, as they have a great need for talent.