2013 Point Guard Reflects On UVa Visit

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Jaren Sina Photo by Natalie Behring

The University of Virginia men’s basketball program extended a scholarship offer to Gil St. Bernard’s (Gladstone, N.J.) point guard Jaren Sina in December, and this past Sunday the 6’2″, 180-pound junior traveled to Charlottesville for an unofficial visit.

“As of right now, I’m very interested. I’m definitely really excited about it,” Sina answered when asked if Virginia was a serious contender following the visit.

Asked what he liked about UVa, Sina said: “Being in the ACC is a big deal. Obviously, it’s one of the best conferences in the country. It’s one of the top public schools in the country. The next couple of years, they’ll be losing some guards, so I know slots will be available. I know I’ll have to work, but there is a chance for minutes.”

On the agenda Sunday was a tour of the Grounds, a tour of the John Paul Jones Arena, time with assistant coach Ron Sanchez and head coach Tony Bennett (Sina said he spent most of his time with UVa’s third year head coach), and the Virginia Tech/ UVa game.

“I didn’t have much time,” Sina said. “I was only there for one day because I can’t miss any days of school. I took a quick tour. The weather wasn’t very good, but I could see it was beautiful there. I got to tour the facility, which is awesome. I didn’t see the players much. I didn’t want to bother them on a game-day. I spoke to Coach Bennett a lot. I sat in his office. I spent a lot of time with Coach Bennett and Coach Sanchez.”

Coach Bennett was one of the reasons why Sina was initially interested in further exploring UVa. Sunday’s experience did nothing but enhance the Garden State standout’s view of the Cavaliers coach.

“I’m continuing to build a great relationship with Coach Bennett,” Sina said. “I