Renardo Sidney Suspended Indefinitely – Again

Just four days after he was suspended for an incident at practice in Hawaii, Renardo Sidney has been suspended again. This time indefinitely.

Sidney and Elgin Bailey, who are roommates, were caught on camera fighting in the stands after Thursday’s game at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. The fight lasted for several minutes before it was broken up by teammates and coaches. Both players have been sent home from Hawaii.

The fight came three days after Sidney was initially suspended one game for an incident at practice Monday. To read more of this story, click here

Sidney Suspended Indefinitely; Glover Honored Again

Renardo Sidney, a sophomore forward at Mississippi State, was suspended indefinitely for conduct detrimental to the team.

“At this time, Sid is suspended for conduct detrimental to the team,” head coach Rick Stansbury said. “That’s all I’m saying. That’s all that needs to be said.”

The Bulldogs play Washington State Wednesday at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. Team spokesman Gregg Ellis told ESPN.com Sidney won’t be sent home from Hawaii but could miss the Bulldogs’ Dec. 29 game against Saint Mary’s in Las Vegas.

The 6-foot-10, 270-pound Sidney sat out all of last season and was ordered to repay $11,800 in improper benefits related to his family’s move from Jackson, Miss., to Los Angeles.

He debuted Saturday in a loss to Virginia Tech at the Atlantis Hotel and Casino on Paradise Island in Nassau, Bahamas, scoring 12 points and grabbing three rebounds before fouling out.

GLOVER EARNS THIRD STRAIGHT MAAC PLAYER OF WEEK HONORS

Iona junior forward Mike Glover of The Bronx was named MAAC Player of the Week for the third straight week. To read more of this story, click here

Thomas to St. John's; Hood to Mississippi State (UPDATED)

Having already landed the top New York City player in the Class of 2011 in Maurice Harkless, St. John’s has now gotten a verbal pledge from the best 2012 player in the Big Apple, point guard Jevon Thomas.

Thomas, the No. 14 point guard in the Class of 2012 per Rivals, called Johnnies head coach Steve Lavin Tuesday night to commit.

Asked what he liked about the Johnnies, the 6-foot, 175-pound Thomas said by text, “Coaching staff and I’m just trying to bring NYC basketball back!!”

He also had interest from Washington, Villanova, Syracuse, Wake Forest and West Virginia,

“Jevon will bring back that electric energy and fire back to the Garden and New York,” said Casey Williams, Thomas’ AAU coach.

“He’s a great leader on the court and he’s a New Yorker. He will bring lots of fire and the will to win.” To read more of this story, click here

Rodney Hood to Announce This Week (UPDATED)

Rodney Hood, the No. 7 small forward in the Class of 2011, will announce on Wednesday at noon CST, according to Meridian High (Miss.) coach Randy Bolden.

Bolden said Hood will choose from among Florida State, Mississippi State, Louisville, Marquette and Alabama.

“At this point it’s pretty much him doing some soul-searching deciding what he wants to do,” Bolden said. To read more of this story, click here

LaQuinton Ross Talks Rutgers, Recruiting; Hamady N'Diaye on Knicks' Workout

New Rutgers head coach Mike Rice continues to bring in the top players from New Jersey and the surrounding area for visits.

The same week that Kadeem Jack unofficially toured campus, 6-foot-8  forward LaQuinton Ross of Burlington (N.J.) Life Center came to Piscataway.

“I took a visit out there,” Ross said Friday by phone on his way to Los Angeles for the Pangos all-american camp. “It was good. I liked the campus a lot and the new coaches over there.
I talked to the head coach and the assistants and I played.” To read more of this story, click here

Sidney to Return to Mississippi State

Renardo Sidney said he will return to Mississippi State next season even after the NCAA on Friday fined him and ruled him ineligible for this season and part of next.

“Yes I am comeing (sic) back to b a bulldog next year :)” Sidney put on his Facebook status Friday night.

Sidney, a 6-foot-10 Mississippi State  freshman who has not played this season while the NCAA investigated his case, was declared ineligible for the rest of this season and 30 percent of next year and fined $11,800 for “benefits received from preferential treatment.”

Mississippi State said it would appeal the decision.

“We felt from the beginning Renardo deserves the opportunity to be both a student and athlete at Mississippi State, and this is still our hope today,” Mississippi State Athletics Director Greg Byrne told the Los Angeles Times. To read more of this story, click here

Ross Following Waiters to Syracuse?; Tobias Harris, Kyrie Irving Updates

Alex Kline of BoxofMess.com continues to put in work interviewing many of the top high school prospects in the New York metropolitan area.

In this piece, Kline gets Burlington (N.J.) Life Center stars Dion Waiters and LaQuinton Ross talking about their future goals and plans.

The 6-foot-8 Ross has already been compared to Kevin Durant by Burlington coach Wilson Arroyo.

The junior transferred from Murrah (Miss.) High in order to play a national schedule against better competition. To read more of this story, click here