Renardo Sidney pegged as 2010’s No. 1 pick commits to USC
Senior center Renardo Sidney of Fairfax shoots a free throw during a game against Los Angeles CES earlier this season.
The 6-foot-11 center averages 24 points and 10 rebounds a game for the Lions, who are 24-3 this season.
Renardo Sidney, a 6-foot-11 center from Los Angeles Fairfax considered one of the top college basketball prospects in the nation, announced today that he has committed to USC.
Sidney, who moved to Southern California from Mississippi in 2006, is averaging 24.0 points, 10.2 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for Fairfax (24-3).
Sidney still must take the SAT to gain athletic eligibility next season. The earliest he can sign a letter of intent is April 8.
“I’m very excited,” Sidney said. “It was a hard decision. After I heard my dad and mom had the same school as I had it was a relief.”
He’ll become the third consecutive McDonald’s All-American to join the Trojans, following O.J. Mayo and DeMar DeRozan.
Sidney’s announcement ended a week of intrigue. It began with UCLA as the apparent front-runner, but the Bruins abruptly dropped their recruitment of Sidney on Wednesday, the same day he went to USC to meet with Trojans Coach Tim Floyd.
Sidney has made substantial progress on and off the court in the last three months. He lost weight after receiving criticism for his performances last summer. He has displayed consistency for the Lions, who are scheduled to play in a City Section Division I quarterfinal playoff game on Tuesday against Los Angeles Washington.
He continues to raise his grade-point average while also studying to take the SAT.
He made his announcement at a news conference in the school gym, not far from where the Oscars are being given out in Hollywood. The gym was turned into a wedding-like reception, with 13 tables appointed with tablecloths and silverware, along with a catered meal, and red and gold balloons.