Top-10 prospect Renardo Sidney has been a highly recruited prospect the entirety of his high school career. On Sunday, Sidney put the end to his recruitment with an announcement that he will stay in Los Angeles to play college basketball.
Sidney, a 6-foot-10, 250-pound power forward from Los Angeles Fairfax High School, has been considered a strong USC lean until the last couple months when he has been taking in UCLA games and the UCLA coaches had been tracking him closely. But in the end Sidney stuck with the school that had recruited him the hardest and for the longest, USC.
"I'm very excited," the Los Angeles' Times' Eric Sondheimer reported Sidney saying at his press conference. "It was a hard decision. After I heard my dad and mom had the same school as I had it was a relief."
In addition to his two hometown schools, Sidney also considered Mississippi State, Texas, UNLV and Virginia.
Sidney has had a productive senior season, averaging 24 points and 10 rebounds. Off the court he has made progress in the classroom and is preparing to take the SAT in March.
Sidney is USC's third elite recruit in consecutive years along with O.J. Mayo and DeMar DeRozan.
Renardo Sidney scouting report:
An elite prospect, Sidney has a lethal combination of size and skill with the basketball. He has 3-point shooting range and handles and passes the ball extremely well. Not an explosive athlete, Sidney does have great body control and an advanced feel for the game. Being in shape and being willing to grind out plays in the paint are keys to Sidney reaching his full potential.