Sidney will return to Miss. St. for junior year

By The Associated Press

JACKSON — Sophomore forward Renardo Sidney will return to Mississippi State for his junior year.

The Clarion Ledger says Sidney confirmed the decision in a message to the paper. Sidney had earlier posted the decision on Facebook.

Sidney averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 rebounds, and led the team in scoring in six games despite issues with his conditioning this season, which ended with a 17-14 record. He was considered one of the best big men in the country out of high school.

Sidney played in only 19 games in his first season thanks to an NCAA suspension and the resulting fallout (two-game suspension) from an unrelated fistfight with then-teammate Elgin Bailey.

Sidney will help fill out a roster that also includes guard Dee Bost, who is set to return for his senior season, and forward Arnett Moultrie, who will be eligible after sitting out due to NCAA transfer rules. Newcomers Rodney Hood, Deville Smith and D.J. Gardner also are coming aboard. Hood is considered likely to see playing time right away.