February 12, 2008

Nation's top prospect Sidney to visit ASU

Los Angeles (Calif.) Fairfax junior Renardo Sidney, one of the nation's most sought after basketball recruits and the No. 1 ranked prospect in the 2009 class, is expected to visit Arizona State for the team's game against Cal on Saturday, ASUDevils.com has learned.

Sun Devil coaches have been spotted at no fewer than three of Sidney's games this season, including on Jan. 6., when assistant Scott Pera was on hand to watch the Lions' 71-70 loss at Westchester.

Sidney, a 6-foot-10 post player, is averaging 23.7 points and 14.0 rebounds per game for the Lions, who are 22-4 overall and 11-1 in league play.

A source close to the recruitment, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said that Arizona State is a legitimate contender in the Sidney sweepstakes.

UCLA and USC have long been considered the most likely destinations for Sidney, and he was quoted in a recent Los Angeles Times story as saying he would likely remain in California for college.

Sidney is an elite talent who is projected by many analysts to spend just one season in college before becoming a top selection in the 2010 NBA Draft.

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 that 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.

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