Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Enigmatic Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney has signed with an agent and will declare for the NBA draft.
But who will take him?
“I would think [he would get chosen] at some point in the second round but his stock is really low,” one NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He needs to get to the Chicago Pre-Draft camp somehow.”
When asked if Sidney will get drafted, a second NBA scout said flatly, “No.”
The 6-foot-10 junior from Jackson, Miss., averaged 11.5 points and 6.1 rebounds per game over two seasons with the Bulldogs. He battled eligibility problems early in his career, and has also faced weight and discipline issues, including a highly-publicized fight with a teammate in the stands during a tournament in Hawaii.
In a statement from the school, Sidney said he appreciates “Mississippi State giving me an opportunity to play,” but wants to follow his “dream of playing in the NBA.”
Sidney averaged 14.2 points and 7.6 points during his sophomore season, but his production dipped as a junior. He averaged 9.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last year, helping the Bulldogs to a 21-12 record.
(The AP contributed)
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
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