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Prospect Profile

Renardo Sidney

  • Full Name: Renardo Sidney
  • Position: Power Forward
  • Height/Weight: 6-10 / 285
  • Birthdate: December 5, 1989
  • College: Mississippi State

Strengths:
* Good passer
* Can score in the low post
* Deep range from the perimeter

Weaknesses:
* Inconsistent effort
* Conditioning/Weight problems
* Needs to focus on post play
* Has been an occasional disruptive influence

NBA projection:
Sidney is likely to get chosen in the second round despite his history of nonconformity in college. The reason? He has skills. Few players in the college game had his combination of inside and outside scoring ability. The issue with Sidney is whether he can maintain a consistent weight and whether he can get in good enough shape to run up and down the floor, which he didn’t always do in college.

2011-12 Season:
It wouldn’t be fair to suggest Sidney brought down an entire regime, but his troubles getting in shape, being coachable, fitting in with his teammates, set a tone and helped lead to the “retirement” of coach Rick Stansbury. The Bulldogs, once a certain NCAA Tournament team, collapsed down the stretch and had to settle for an NIT bid. Sidney had trouble keeping his weight down and often showed a lack of conditioning by his inability to get down the floor on defense. He never scored 20 points in a game and grabbed double-figure rebounds only twice, but he provided occasional flashes of his talent, enough to make some NBA scouts think he’s worth a second-round pick.

Key statistics:
9.7 ppg, 5.2 rpg, 0.6 apg, 1.4 tpg, 0.8 spg, 22.7 mpg, .498 FG, .597 FT, .405 3PT

Cool statistic:
As a sophomore, Sidney scored 24 points in two games, had four double-doubles and five games with double-figure rebounds. As a junior, he didn’t score 20 points in a game, had just two double-doubles and only two games with double-figure rebounds.

Reminds me of:
Chris Washburn.

What Insiders Say:
Former Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury
"If he’s right we can be as good as anybody in the country. He can’t be the reason why we’re not good. We can be good without him. [But] it’s very obvious with him we have a chance to be really good."

What Outsiders Say:
NBA scout
"Somebody will take a flyer on him. Because you can't coach big. He's a wide body who has skill. He's shown he has range. He's shown he can pass it. He's shown he's got a little baby hook. And I think he's got a nasty streak."

-- Profile by Chris Dortch, editor of the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook. Follow him @cdortch.
 

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