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Former Northwestern recruit Jaren Sina headed for Seton Hall

Updated: April 19, 2013 12:38PM

Jaren Sina, who had seemed within former coach Bill Carmody’s grasp, won’t be coming to Northwestern. The highly regarded guard from New Jersey said Thursday he’ll follow his father’s path and play at Seton Hall.

“I’m a Pirate!!!!!! Ready to play for my state!!!!!’’ Sina tweeted.

Indiana coach Tom Crean also had joined the hunt for Sina, but an expected visit to Bloomington failed to materialize. After losing Aaron Cosby to Illinois, Seton Hall stepped up its campaign for Sina.

New Wildcats coach Chris Collins, who knew it would be difficult to build quickly the kind of relationship that would bring Sina to Evanston, can turn his full attention to keeping Drew Crawford, who could transfer without penalty because he will be a graduate student.

Collins, who has retained Tavaras Hardy, is closing in on two more assistants to round out his staff.

An announcement could come soon, a source said, on the hiring of former NU guard Patrick Baldwin, who was the Big Ten defensive player of the year in 1994. Baldwin was a assistant at Loyola for seven years before moving to Missouri State, where he has been the last two seasons.

Collins also is interested in adding Brian James, his coach at Glenbrook North before he moved on to the NBA. James was an assistant to Collins’ father, Doug, with the Philadelphia 76ers. He has one year left on his 76ers contract, but with the elder Collins not returning, a change seems likely for James.


Former Toledo assistant Ryan Pedon has been hired at Illinois as a special assistant to John Groce. Pedon fills the slot that opened when Brandon Miller took a job as an assistant at Butler.

“I’ve known Ryan for more than a decade and have a tremendous amount of respect for his work at Miami, Kent State and Toledo,’’ Groce said. “He has extensive background in all areas of coaching, recruiting, scouting, video analysis and organization, summer camps and administrative duties that make him a perfect match for the duties of this job.”

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