Mississippi State Pulls In SEC's Top Recruit Renardo Sidney

Kurt WirthCorrespondent IApril 30, 2009

ATLANTA - MARCH 12:  Head coach Rick Stansbury of the Mississippi State University Bulldogs reacts to the SEC Men's Basketball Tournament against the Vanderbilt University Commodores at the Georgia Dome on March 12, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia.  Vanderbilt defeated Mississippi State 74-70 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Sidney to MSU

Sidney to MSU

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.