What About Renardo Sidney Coming To MSU?

The thought of Michigan State being in the mix for a player being projected as the #1 pick in the 2010 NBA draft and being compared to current Celtics great Kevin Garnett and former Detroit Pistons great Chris Webber is tantalizing, but the real question is, is there any reason to think it could actually happen?

EAST LANSING - 6-foot-10 center Renardo Sidney has drawn a lot of publicity including front page headlines, television interviews and praise from draft observers nationwide.

Ranked by Scout.com as their #4 overall player and by some as the nation's best prospect, Sidney's future appears bright.

He's already been tabbed as "The future king" by Sports Illustrated in and article projecting the top picks in the 2010 NBA Draft. SI.com has Sidney as #1 because of his ability to handle the ball and his great shooting range.

So a lot of eyebrows were raised in the Michigan area when Sidney said that Michigan State was one of the schools he was considering.

Where did that come from?

Is he being recruited actively by Michigan State or is this the "Magic" effect of a young player who saw the greatness of Hall of Famer Ervin "Magic" Johnson in a Spartan uniform and said 'hey that would be cool?'

The very talented high school junior was quoted in the Lawrence World Journal as stating on the record that he was interested in Kansas, UCLA, USC, Texas, Memphis, Arizona State, Ohio State, Louisville, Syracuse, Michigan State and UConn in no particular order.

Sidney's father, Renardo Sidney, Sr. is handling his son's recruitment and as of today their is no record that either of the two have visited East Lansing or attended any of Michigan State's camps or events.

Worth noting is that Michigan State has been stung by early entry kids in the past, most notably Marcus Taylor (2002 2nd round Minnesota Timberwolves now with TBB Trier of the German League), Erazum Lorbek (2005 2nd round Indiana Pacers, now with Lottomatica Roma in the Euroleague), Zach Randolph (first round, 19th, Portland Trail Blazers now with New York Knicks) and even (2006 1st round pick, 26th, Cleveland Cavaliers, now with Chicago Bulls) Shannon Brown.

All of those players could have benefited from at least one more season as a Spartan and their departures left holes in the MSU rosters.

Sidney, by all accounts, appears to be a one-and-done player. His father told SI.com that he talks to former Ohio State Buckeye Greg Oden, a one-and-done player at Ohio State, from "time to time".

Does having a superstar player help you if he only stays for one season? That is debatable, but Michigan State has tended to stay away from those kinds of prospects. Incoming freshman Delvon Roe, one of the most highly rated players, MSU has recruited in recent memory, is expected to a long career as a Spartan.

Even the great Magic Johnson played two years and won a National Championship before departing with the school's blessing. There was really nothing more Johnson could prove at the collegiate level and his contribution to the school was immeasurable.

At this point, Sidney does not have a Michigan State offer and it doesn't appear that Michigan state is actively recruiting him at the moment. Of course, all this can change at any time, but looking at this right side up, it appears that this was nothing more than MSU being a name on a list.

GSN's opinion is Michigan State and Renardo Sidney don't appear to be a match...at least not at this time.

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