Lions247 took to the road again this past weekend to check out another 2013 prospect Penn State has in its sights, Gladstone (N.J.) Gill St. Bernard’s guard Jaren Sina.
Ranked No. 5 in the state, Bernard’s was up against New Jersey’s No. 1 team, and what is widely regarded as the best team in the country, in St. Anthony.
Playing for the Non-Public B (B relates to the size of the school, not the competition) title at the Rutgers Athletic Center, St. Anthony dominated with stifling defense, and winning its 63rd consecutive game by a score of 67-39.
Sina played both the point and shooting guard positions on Sunday, but wasn’t allowed to get in rhythm early, shooting just 1 of 8 in the first half. By that time, St. Anthony had jumped out to a 28-8 lead and never looked back. Sina ended up with four three-pointers and 16 points on 6 of 19 shooting, but was pressing all game to keep pace with the Friars.
“I think we have to have a stronger mindset before the game playing a team like this,” said Sina post-game. “A game like this teaches you to be mentally tough, because it is hard to come back from such a deficit against at team of their caliber.”
It was tough for the 6-foot-2 guard, whose undersized Bernard’s squad were constantly hassled and pressured by the length of its opponent. Sina was lively off the bounce but was forced into a few bad decisions as a result of the deficit, where pulling it out and resetting the offense would have been the better option.
On the recruiting front, there hasn’t been much effort focused on anything but the state title run. With the high school season now over, the Sina camp is going to regroup and start making a post-season plan. Penn State is still in the fold here, along with Virginia, Villanova, Miami and Alabama, among others.
Jeter Taking Visits
Penn State is still hot on the trail of 2012 in-state forward Sheldon Jeter, who has been utilizing his official visits while helping his team make a run in the state tournament.
The 6-foot-8 forward visited Wisconsin two weekends ago, and gave the visit a 10, saying there is now a three-way tie at the top between Penn State, South Carolina, and Wisconsin.
Jeter visited Kansas State this past weekend, who also offered, but is now setting his sights on a class AA state title. Beaver Falls (Pa.) high school is already in the second round, and their next game tomorrow night.
Rimmer Gaining Interest
The high school season has ended for Orlando (Fla.) Boone 2013 big man Schuyler Rimmer, but interest in the 6-foot-8 has increased.
Notre Dame, Tennessee and Georgia have all showing recent interest in Rimmer, although he maintains the same top five of Penn State, Miami, Stanford, Clemson and Virginia Tech.
Both Coach Burroughs and Coach Chambers have been talking with him the most, making it clear they believe the 230-pounder would fit right in what Penn State is trying to do. Rimmer hasn’t set any more visits as of yet, taking aim at a successful AAU season.