There was a lot of focus on Renardo Sidney last season, and that's not counting the off-court issues. He came to Mississippi State with a lot of potential and a lot of baggage, so he's been under the microscope from Day 1.
The good news: He seems to be getting in better shape, and he has someone capable of lightening his load.
Enter Arnett Moultrie, the 6-foot-11 transfer from UTEP who will be eligible to suit up for the Bulldogs this season. In today's Journal, I write about Moultrie and his eagerness to get back on the court and make a difference for an MSU team that, like Sidney, was beset with issues both on and off the court last season.
Moultrie has put on weight (up to 240 pounds), which could make him even more effective around the rim. He comes in with the reputation of a versatile player with a knack for rebounding (he led UTEP in that category as a freshman). While Moultrie says he won't stray from the block too often, he has the athleticism to hold his own on the perimeter.
He seems to know his role.
"I'm going to play a little bit of the five, but the majority at the four," he said. "…I'm not going to shoot a lot of threes. That's not my job."
Together, Moultrie and Sidney could be a dynamic duo. That is, if Moultrie is as good as advertised and if Sidney truly has his stuff together.
That pair would give MSU the kind of balance it's not had in a while. It's been known as an outside-shooting team, but Moultrie and Sidney can give the Bulldogs some much-needed grit – and production – in the paint.
"I feel like it balances out real well, because everybody's so versatile," point guard Dee Bost said. "We're not just like people that just shoot and are one-dimensional. We've got a lot of people that can do a lot of stuff."