Renardo Sidney, the 6-foot-10 McDonald's basketball All-American from L.A. Fairfax High, has signed a letter of intent at Mississippi State, Bulldogs Coach Rick Stansbury announced Thursday.
Sidney, considered the No. 2 power forward in the nation by Scout.com, averaged 24.8 points and 11.2 rebounds while helping Fairfax advance to the state tournament, where the Lions upset Santa Ana Mater Dei but were later defeated by state champion Westchester.
Mississippi State will be a homecoming of sorts for Sidney, who left Jackson, Miss., three years ago after that state's high school association ruled him ineligible to play for a private school there because he lived outside a mandated area.
Sidney previously announced he would sign with USC, but the Trojans recently stopped recruiting him -- just as UCLA had pulled out when he was set to give the Bruins his commitment in February.