"He Wants to be at Mississippi State"...

There has been much speculation about whether Mississippi State freshman Renardo Sidney would or wouldn't declare for the NBA draft. His mother, Patricia Sidney, talked about his decision in an exclusive interview with Gene's Page Monday afternoon.

"He wants to be at Mississippi State," said Patricia Sidney.

And that's why, as Patricia said, "he didn't declare for the NBA draft. He wanted to be at Mississippi State.

"He knows he still has some maturing to do and he enjoys college. He's looking forward to coming back in the summer and working out to get ready for next season."

Renardo Sidney, one of the most highly coveted players in the class of 2009 and considered by some as the most talented player signed during the Rick Stansbury era, will have to sit out the first 30% of the season due to an NCAA ruling but should still be a major factor on next year's Mississippi State basketball team, a team that returns all but two players.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing swindoll@genespage.com.

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