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Abdul Ado, a 6-foot-11 center from Chattanooga (TN) Hamilton Heights Christian Academy, will announce his college choice Monday night and all signs are pointing to Mississippi State.

 


Mississippi State head coach Ben Howland continued his recruiting roll on Wednesday by landing Mario Kegler, a 6-foot-6 wing guard from Oak Hill Academy (VA) who is a Mississippi native.

Kegler also considered Indiana and Maryland after cutting Arizona State and Baylor from his list.

Howland has already lined up a loaded class of Schnider Herard, a 6-10 center who committed last week, along with point guards Lamar Peters and Tyson Carter and shooting guard Eli Wright, giving Mississippi State the No. 3 recruiting class in the nation according to Scout.com.

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One day after Auburn landed 2016 shooting guard?Mustapha Heron, Alabama answered with the commitment of 6-foot-7 Dallas wing?Terrance Ferguson.

Ferguson also considered?Arizona, Kansas, Louisville, and North Carolina, among others.

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In a pair of ESPN mock NFL drafts, analysts Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both expect the New York Giants to try and improve on the defensive side of the ball this spring.

According to McShay, New York will look to bolster its defensive backfield by adding Mississippi State cornerback Johnthan Banks.

"The Giants have been successful under general manager Jerry Reese going with the best available athlete on the board, but in this case they find one of the top players available at a priority need area," McShay writes. "Banks is not elite in man-to-man coverage, but he has good length and is solid in press coverage, shows instincts in zone, supports the run and is a ball hawk with 16 career interceptions."
The last defensive player drafted by New York was Nebraska cornerback Prince Amukamara in 2011. In 2010, the team took Jason Pierre-Paul.

Tags: Jason Pierre-Paul, jerry reece, johnthan banks, Justin Tuck, lsu, mississippi state, New York Giants, nfl draft, Osi Umenyiora, prince amukamara, sam montgomery
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Mississippi State freshman guard?Rodney Hood is transferring

?Obviously, we are disappointed in Rodney?s decision,? head coach Rick Ray, who was hired one week ago, told The Associated Press. ?I was looking forward to getting a chance to develop and coach him. This decision, unfortunately, was made before my hire. The Hoods were forthright and honest about where they were when I met with them, and I appreciate their honesty.

?I look forward to putting together a team with the current members, rolling up our sleeves and recruiting new Bulldogs.?

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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."

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Mississippi State forward Renardo Sidney likely won't be brought back to the team for his senior season, a source close to the program told SNY.tv Sunday.

Sidney, a 6-foot-10 junior who has battled weight and attitude issues for most of his career, will likely seek a professional paycheck although it's possible he could transfer.

When asked if he would be chosen in the 2012 NBA Draft, one veteran NBA scout said flatly, "No."

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Josh Gray is back with Mississippi State.

After decommitting from the school, the 6-foot-1 Gray told SNY.tv he plans to sign with the Bulldogs this week.

"I love the coach and staff," he said by text. "I'm from the South. It's only six hours away from home. And they have good players.

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The rocky college career of Renardo Sidney has hit another speed bump.

Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury opted not to bring Sidney, a 6-foot-10 junior forward, on a tour of the Netherlands, Belgium and France during the first two weeks of August.

Instead, Sidney, who has battled injuries, weight issues and off-the-court concerns, will return to Houston to work out with the former NBA player and coach John Lucas.

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Mississippi State junior forward Elgin Bailey (pictured) will transfer and and sophomore forward Renardo Sidney has fulfulled his suspension. The two were involved in a fistfight in the stands Dec. 23 in Hawaii.

?Elgin told me of his plans to transfer, and we wish him the best as he moves on,? MSU head coach Rick Stansbury said. ?Elgin has had to deal with some very tough injuries, but he?s worked very hard to get to where he is now. Wherever he ends up, I hope he?s able to have a lot of success.

?As for this team, it?s time to move on and learn from these mistakes. Hopefully, by sending Sid and Elgin home following the incident, a strong message was sent that this type of behavior is unacceptable.?

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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.

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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.

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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!!"

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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.

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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.

Tags: Baylor, Maryland, Mississippi State, Old Knicks, Paterson Catholic, Rutgers, Seton Hall, South Kent, St. John's, Syracuse, Texas, Villanova, Virginia, West Virginia, Adam Zagoria
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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."

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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.

Tags: Florida, Georgetown, Kyrie Irving, Mississippi State, St. Patrick, Syracuse, Texas, Tobias Harris, UConn, Villanova, Adam Zagoria
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When I caught up with Rider coach Tommy Dempsey Saturday morning, he was enjoying a celebratory breakfast at Memphis International Airport.

Dempsey and the Rider Broncs pulled off the biggest win in program history Friday night when they went into Starkville and beat defending Southeastern Conference champion Mississippi State, 88-74.

The win happened on the same night the No. 18 Bulldogs raised the banner from their 2008-09 SEC championship.

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I caught up briefly this morning with Raleigh (NC) Word of God forward C.J. Leslie before he headed into school.

The 6-foot-8, 205-pound Leslie had an in-home visit Wednesday night with Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez and assistant Dermon Player.

"It was good. It was real good," Leslie said.

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Maryland coach Gary Williams, who took a lot of heat last year for his supposed failures in recruiting, received a one-year extension through 2013.

"I'm pleased for Gary that he met the competitive and academic benchmarks of his contract," said Maryland AD Deborah Yow. "The 2009-10 season has the potential to be one of the best in recent memory."

Williams, recently voted onto the board of directors of the National Association of Basketball Coaches, is the winningest coach in Maryland history and enters the season with a 418-229 mark in his previous 20 seasons in College Park.

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Roscoe Smith, a 6-7 small forward out of Oak Hill (Va.) Academy, will visit Duke unofficially Sept. 6, according to his father, Brian Thompson

Thompson said the following schools are recruiting his son and would have in-home visits: UConn, Duke, UCLA, Maryland, Georgetown, Florida and Kentucky.

?I?m going to pick out the school that I?m going to commit to going on the middle of my Oak Hill season,? Roscoe, the No. 31 player in the Rivals150 and the No. 6 SF in the Class of 2010, told me earlier this month at the Boost Mobile event in New York.

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Looks like Thursday was a bad day all around for basketball coaches connected to the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

About 12 hours before Rick Pitino held a defiant press conference in which he took aim at the media and Karen Sypher, former Kentucky basketball coach Billy Gillispie was arrested and charged with drunken driving.

Here's the video, courtesy WLEX-18 in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Talented Mississippi State freshman Renardo Sidney has been cleared academically by the NCAA Eligibility Center and on Monday enrolled for fall classes.

Although he isn't yet eligible to compete, the 6-foot-10, 260-pound forward/center out of Fairfax High School in Los Angeles is allowed to participate in individual and conditioning workouts.

"We are happy to get Renardo academically admitted," Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury said. "But we know this is just the first step. Now, he has to get his amateurism status resolved."

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Rutgers sophomore guard Earl Pettis is the latest Scarlet Knight to leave the program.

Sources say Pettis, a Philadelphia native, is considering La Salle, Temple and Rider. Pettis' older brother played at Rider several years ago.

?Earl and I had a meeting in which he expressed his desire to return home to Philadelphia,? said Rutgers head coach Fred Hill. ?After discussing the matter with Earl and his family, we support his decision and will aid the process. Earl is a tremendous young man who has been a valuable member of the program for the past two seasons. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.?

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Hasheem Thabeet helped lead UConn to the Final Four last month and will soon be an NBA lottery pick.

Like the 7-foot-3 Thabeet, John Riek hails from Africa. And like Thabeet, Riek stands over 7 feet tall.

But Dan Barto, Riek's coach at the IMG Academies in Bradenton, Fla., says Riek is ahead of where Thabeet was at this same point in his career.

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Just a few days after getting Renardo Sidney, Mississippi State has landed another big man.

John Riek,? a 7-foot-2 native of the Sudan, has chosen to play for the Bulldogs over Cincinnati and Providence. Riek initially committed to Cincinnati last August.

"I just talked to him today he said he went and visited the school," Winchendon (Mass.) School coach Mike Byrnes said. "He liked it. He felt very comfortable with Mississippi State's ESL program and is hoping to start summer school in early June."

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Renardo Sidney signed with Mississippi State on Thursday.

The 6-foot-11, 250-pound Sidney, a native of Jackson, Miss., is rated the No. 5 power forward in the Class of 2009. He verbally committed to USC in February but never signed a Letter of Intent.

"It's good to be coming back home," said Sidney, who averaged 23.4 points and 10.6 rebounds this past season at Los Angeles Fairfax High. "A lot of my family hasn't been able to see me play the last three years and it will be good to be around them again. Mississippi State is a great school with a great program, and I"m coming in to help them win a national championship and build a bond with my new teammates."

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