Sidney Impressed with ASU After Visit

Renardo Sidney, one of the nation's top 2009 basketball prospects, unofficially visited Tempe this past weekend. Where do the Sun Devils stand now with the 6-9 240 forward following his trip? Devils Digest spoke to Sidney's father Sunday night to get the latest on his recruitment by the maroon and gold.

"We were impressed with certain areas of the school, not just basketball," said Renardo Sidney Sr. on the visit. "Everything was nice – the sports facilities they're building around campus can really impact the program. We liked the academic counselor we met with and you can tell the school is serious about its academics and makes the player accountable for doing their homework."

When asked what aspect of the visit impressed him the most, Sidney Sr. replied: "The warmth of the community and the fans there was overwhelming. We just visited one more (out of state) school and that was Kentucky and I felt that the people were much warmer at Arizona State."

While the whole experience in Sun Devil country was very positive for Sidney and his family, the forward's father didn't declare ASU as a leader for his son's services, but did admit that: "We're very impressed with everything we've seen so far."

Aside from ASU, Sidney Sr. named "USC, UCLA, Kentucky, Texas and Washington State" as the schools on the forward's short list and that the objective is to visit all those schools on the list at one point or another.

The ultimate factor in Sidney's future verbal commitment is very clear according to Sidney Sr. and that is "a program with quality people that he (Sidney Jr.) can fit in and have a chance to win a national championship."

On the other hand, the timetable for the decision is certainly open ended. "We're gonna check out all the schools and pray about it, and whenever the time is right we'll make the decision."

While many pundits project Sidney to be a lock to enter the NBA draft following his freshman year, his father feels that this issue far from being a given. "I can't control destiny," Sidney Sr. commented. "A lot of stuff can happen before then, and there's a lot of stuff he needs to work on the court and off the court."

The Los Angeles Fairfax star transferred from Lakewood Artesia where he played with current Sun Devil James Harden. Sidney, is pacing the 22-4 Lions in scoring (23.7 ppg), rebounds (14 rpg), and blocked shots (35 overall). The junior is also averaging 3.1 assists per contest.

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