Renardo Sidney, a blue-chip recruit from Los Angeles, has reneged on his commitment to Southern Cal and is now focused on joining Mississippi State’s basketball program, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The Times reported Wednesday that Sidney, a 6-foot-11 forward-center from Fairfax Senior High, and USC had a “mutual parting of the ways.” A source told the Times that MSU was now the only school on Sidney’s radar.
The source also said that the parting was partly related to an ongoing NCAA investigation regarding former Trojan athletes Reggie Bush and O.J. Mayo.
Sidney is originally from Jackson but moved to California in 2006 to gain greater exposure. He attended Piney Woods as a freshman in 2005-06 but never played, having been ruled ineligible for living outside the school’s district.
Scout.com reported that Sidney, at one time the No. 1-rated player in his class, visited the MSU campus last weekend. If he signs, State will have to find a scholarship for him, because it has already used its full allotment for 2009-10.
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