Breaking it down: Taphorn, Sina sign

Breaking it down: Taphorn, Sina sign

Northwestern welcomes its two recruits for the 2013 class, Nate Taphorn and Jaren Sina, in on National Signing Day. PurpleWildcats offers a look at the two big pickups and how they fit into the NU basketball program.

National Signing Day marks the official introduction of two highly anticipated prospects into Northwestern's fold: three-star recruits Jaren Sina and Nate Taphorn.

Coach Bill Carmody and his staff eagerly await the arrival of both players next fall. Today, they'll have it in writing as both recruits are set to fax in their signed letters of intent. Both Sina and Taphorn have been called perfect fits for Northwestern's system, and there's not much reason to think any different.

Sina, a 6-foot-2 point guard, attends Gill St. Bernard's school in Gladstone, New Jersey. He's been described as an ideal floor general for their Princeton offense, possessing superb court vision and passing ability along with a deadly three-point stroke. A proven winner, Sina has helped lead his team to consecutive county and conference championships.

The skilled Sina played his way onto several top-100 lists and is one of the most acclaimed recruits in school history. Northwestern has New Jersey-based assistant coach Fred Hill, who spent extensive time courting Sina, to thank for landing their next point guard.

Taphorn is a 6-foot-7 forward known for his three-point marksmanship. Hailing from Pekin High School in downstate Illinois, One of the truly elite shooters in high school basketball, the coaching staff had their eyes on him from the outset. Taphorn honed his skills with the Illinois Wolves AAU program that produced current and former Wildcats Dave Sobolewski and John Shurna.

Earning himself a piece of the national spotlight, Taphorn was tabbed to compete in the Under Armour Elite 24 game's three-point contest last summer. He'll give NU another weapon to spread the defense with, and is also a willing rebounder who can do the dirty work inside. At Northwestern, he'll likely play as a stretch four-man à la Shurna.

Anytime you can add two talented shooters to your program, it's a good thing. For Northwestern, traditionally a team centered on perimeter scoring, it's even better. The Wildcats will graduate three starters at the end of this season, but Sina and Taphorn will help compensate, perhaps immediately.

On the heels of their deep 2012 recruiting class, Bill Carmody and Tavaras Hardy are truly building momentum in Evanston. Although it remains to be seen if NU will add one more player after losing out on Noah Allen to UCLA, the Cats have to like where they sit. The additions of Sina and Taphorn to Northwestern's foundation should give fans something to be excited about for years to come.

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