Renardo Sidney came to Mississippi State in 2009 after a high-profile high school career which had many talent evaluators calling him one of the best prospects in America. After being forced to sit out the 2009-2010 season and a portion of the 2010-11 season, Sidney finally suited up for MSU as a sophomore. Then he got into a fist fight with a teammate that was plastered all over ESPN.
Despite such a tumultuous start to his career at Mississippi State, he continued on through the rest of the season and through the 2011-12 season without much trouble off the court. His talent level was unmistakable, as you could easily see he had a great feel for the game of basketball with an enormous amount of God-given talent. Ultimately it was his work ethic, or lack there of, that kept him from achieving the super-star status many believed he had the potential for.
At the conclusion of the 2012 season, Rick Stansbury “retired” after a dreadful season considering such talent on the roster (two future 1st round draft picks, a 4-year starter at PG who has since been on a NBA roster, and Renardo Sidney). Many believed that Stansbury hitching his wagon to the embattled Sidney was most of the reason he was fired. Instead of pulling the plug after the fight in Hawaii, he kept moving forward with him.
With Stansbury’s departure from the MSU program, Sidney left as well. For his career he averaged 11.5 points per game and 6.1 rebounds per game. It wasn’t enough for the NBA to take a chance drafting him, so Sidney embarked on a basketball career in Canada.
Here is what his agent, Zachary Charles, had to say about Sidney’s career after leaving Mississippi State…
"After bouncing around from adviser to adviser and getting cut from Canada, Renardo decided to come and join me at my agency 3pt Sports Management. As everyone knows Renardo has all the talent in the world and I believe he still will play in the NBA and will be a relevant NBA player! He has all the skills and the one thing he has lacked has been maturity and conditioning– Right now we are getting him back in NBA shape, he has gone through terrible tragedy in his life this past year and it has completely changed his mindset– We are preparing him for summer workout, hopefully a summer league opportunity and hopefully a shot at the NBA- everyone knows he has what it takes, what we need to show everyone is that in fact he has grown up, he’s focused, and he’s ready to achieve what he set out to achieve– I believe in him."
Here is a quote from Renardo on his current situation:
"I am no longer 18, I have made mistakes and I admit it but I am ready to achieve my dream and play in the NBA, I am getting into the best shape of my life and I have grown up! I appreciate all the support from my friends, family and agent and I wont let them down!"