Seton Hall, starting guard Jaren Sina mutually part ways

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Seton Hall guard Jaren Sina announced Wednesday he was leaving the team. (Getty Images)
Seton Hall guard Jaren Sina announced Wednesday he was leaving the team. (Getty Images)

Seton Hall guard Jaren Sina announced Wednesday he was leaving the team, effective immediately. It was a mutual decision between the sophomore guard and the school after the two sides met Wednesday morning.

“I tried my best. I think it was a good teammate,” Sina said via phone, per the Asbury Park Press. “I’ve always been positive. I’ve always worked hard. I always gave it 100 percent. It’s not a good situation for me right now. At the end of the day, I think it’s best for me and my family.”

Sina did not divulge the details behind his reasons for wanting to leave the team, but shaky team chemistry appeared to play a role in his decision. There was friction between the freshmen and the upperclassmen over the last few weeks, per the Asbury Park Press. After a loss Saturday to Marquette, senior forward Brandon Mobley indicated some players were more concerned about their shot attempts than winning games.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Sina started all but one of 24 games for the Pirates (15-9, 5-7 Big East) this season, averaging 7.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game. He had nine points in 29 minutes during a 86-67 loss to Georgetown on Tuesday.

Sina made the Big East All-Rookie team in 2013-14 after averaging 6.0 points, 2.4 assists and 1.4 rebounds per game. He was a four-star recruit out of Gill St. Bernard’s (N.J.) and ranked among the top 100 players by ESPN.com in the 2013 recruiting class.

“I appreciate all the hard work and determination Jaren has put into our program over the last two years,” Pirates head coach Kevin Willard said in a statement. “He is an outstanding young man, and I wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

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