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updated: 7/3/2012 7:05 PM

Northwestern basketball lands highly touted recruit

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By Chad Thornburg

Northwestern basketball landed its first 2013 recruit with a splash Monday.

The Wildcats scored an early commitment from point guard Jaren Sina of Lake Hopatcong, N.J.

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The 6-foot-2, 175-pound Sina is the highest ranked recruit to commit to Northwestern in head coach Bill Carmondy's tenure. He is listed as the 106th-ranked recruit in the Class of 2013 by has Sina at No. 82 and ESPN Recruiting lists him as the 75th best 2013 recruit.

Sina was a second team all-state selection as a junior at Gill St. Bernard's School in Gladstone, N.J. He averaged 20 points and 8.4 assists per game.

Sina previously committed to Alabama, but backed out of that commitment in October.

Northwestern already has a talented point guard on its roster in Dave Sobelowski, a Naperville native and Benet Academy grad. The 6-1 sophomore earned Big Ten All-Freshman Team honors last season and will be a junior when Sina arrives. Sina will be expected to contribute to the backcourt as the Wildcats continue to search for their first NCAA tournament appearance.

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