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Seton Hall, LSU ink important recruits on Signing Day

With only a handful of uncommitted top-150 players headed into the college basketball regular signing period, each last pledge can help the programs that receive them. So during a signing day that went largely as expected, the Seton Hall Pirates and LSU Tigers emerged as key winners of the day. Seton Hall landed the best unexpected recruit signing inside point guard Jaren Sina, while LSU added an active combo forward in Brian Bridgewater to their already strong recruiting class.

Sina, ranked as a top-100 recruit, was expected to consider the Indiana Hoosiers and Northwestern Wildcats (where he signed during the early period) further, so his decision came as a surprise. He’s likely fill the important guard role for the Pirates, who are suffering the loss by transfer of Aaron Cosby to Illinois. There is also the expectation that another top-100 point guard that committed to Seton Hall, Aquille Carr, will be playing professional basketball elsewhere. Seton Hall also had another 2013 recruit, wing Jerron Wilbut, arrested for robbery in early March.

A rangy guard that can shoot, Sina will be joined, at least, by junior college wing forward Stephane Manga. Given what should be a thin roster next year, both could get significant minutes. Sina could pair with Texas Longhorns transfer Sterling Gibbs, a pure point guard. Sina’s outside shooting skills will likely be played up, as Gibbs is a competent ballhandler.

Though by no means a shock, it’s fair to say Sina’s decision to play for the Pirates on signing day was the biggest surprise.

Meanwhile, Bridgewater is the icing on the cake for a terrific class put together at LSU. The in-state forward follows in the footsteps of play at LSU of his brother Brad. He has the body of a defensive end, but can also seriously play on the hardwood.

His size isn’t ideal at 6′-5″ or slightly taller, but he’s thick and muscular. He can have an offensive role in that his size and strength makes him a mismatch when he steps away from the hoop. In a recruiting class that already included three top-100 talents in forwards Jordan Mickey, Jarell Martin and guard Tim Quarterman, Bridgewater is a very talented player in a supporting role.

The Scotlandville (LA) prospect also starred for a grassroots team that LSU would no doubt like to get more close to, Houston Hoops. According to Nola.com, Bridgewater picked his home-state program over the TCU Horned Frogs and Wichita State Shockers.

Other decisions of note during signing day:

  • Daquein McNeil, 6′-3″, SG, Vermont Academy (VT) Minnesota Golden Gophers
  • Kenny Paul Geno, 6′-6″, SF, Booneville (MS) Georgia Bulldogs
  • Reggie Theus Jr., 6′-6″, SF, Fairfax (CA) South Carolina Gamecocks

About Kellon Hassenstab

Kellon Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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