January 11, 2008

ASU to watch nation's top 2009 prospect

Arizona State head coach Herb Sendek and assistant coach Scott Pera will be on hand to watch the nation's No. 1 recruit in the 2009 class, Fairfax (Calif.) power forward Renardo Sidney, play in a game against Palisades in Pacific Palisades, Calif., on Friday at 7 p.m. locally, according to multiple sources.

The Sun Devils are considered to be a legitimate candidate to land the future services of 6-foot-10, 230 pound superstar recruit, according to one source close to the recruit, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Sidney is expected to play just one season of college basketball, in 2009-10, before becoming one of the top overall selections in the 2010 NBA Draft. He is currently averaging 30.1 points and 21.0 rebounds for the 11-2 Lions.

As a high school sophomore in the 2006-07 season, Sidney played at Artesia alongside current Sun Devil James Harden. The Pioneers went 33-2 on the season, winning their second consecutive Division III State Championship with a 91-64 victory over Bishop O'Dowd.

Harden led the team in scoring, with 18.8 points per game, with Sidney averaging 18.6 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.

In the 2005-06 season, Harden and fellow Sun Devil Derek Glasser went 33-1 at Artesia on a team coached by Pera.

Following that season, Pera accepted a job to become Arizona State's Director of Basketball Operations, with Harden later electing to join him. When assistant coach Archie Miller left to take a similar position at Ohio State, Pera was promoted to assistant coach. This is his first year on the Sun Devil bench in that capacity.

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