Mississippi State Teammates Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey fight in stands [video]

Let’s file this one under “WTF?” — these guys are teammates and they’re engaging in fisticuffs in the stands.

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Super recruit Renardo Sidney picks Mississippi State

Renardo Sidney

One of the nation’s last remaining big-time recruits is off the market, as Renardo Sidney of California has decided to attend Mississippi State University. His decision was a bit of a surprise, reports Andy Katz for ESPN Rise, because Sidney was recently committed to attend USC.

Sidney, the No. 7 player in the Class of 2009 as ranked by ESPN’s Scouts, Inc., was one of two in the top 10 who had not signed. A 6-foot-9 forward from Jackson, Miss., Sideny spent the past two seasons at Fairfax High in Los Angeles. He originally committed to USC, but the school decided to stop recruiting him last week.

Stansbury said he didn’t know why USC fell through. He said Sidney called Mississippi State last week and told them that he had a change of heart and wanted to come home. Stansbury said the Bulldogs had recruited Sidney last fall.

The other remaining unsigned top 10 player is No. 5 John Wall, a point guard from Word of God Christian Academy in Raleigh, N.C.

Who knows why it is that USC decided to stop recruiting Sidney (it seems unlike the Trojans to back off a player as talented as Sidney), but the freshman could have an immediate impact in the SEC. The league was down significantly last year, in part because many of its highly-rated freshman failed to live up to expectations. With Sidney joining the Bulldogs and Coach John Calipari bringing highly-rated big man DeMarcus Cousins with him to Kentucky, there could be some serious post battles going on in the Southeastern Conference next season.

Some have claimed that a feature on Sidney from New York Times’ Play Magazine in which the high school senior came off as having a big ego affected the way some schools viewed him. To read the feature, click here.

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