The nation’s fifth-best basketball prospect according to Scout, and the best incoming freshman to the SEC thus far, signed with Mississippi State on Thursday. Renardo Sidney, a 6′10″ power forward with immense talent, will be a Bulldog in 2009-'10.
Sidney is known for his face-to-the-basket prowess, including his fadeaway mid-range game and long-distance skills. He is also one of the best-passing big men in the class.
If Jarvis Varnado returns to Mississippi State, the Bulldogs are already being tabbed as a preseason top-15 squad and Final Four contender.
If Kentucky manages to bring in John Wall, the nation’s consensus top player, the SEC could see a replay of 2006 when the Wildcats and Bulldogs fought tooth and nail throughout the season and both made the Final Four.