2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
2014 USA 3x3 National Championship
Colorado Springs, Colo.
May 9-11
At 6-10, 260 Renardo Sidney (Fairfax H.S. / Los Angeles, Calif.) is one of the biggest bodies on the 2009 USA Nike Hoop Summit roster, but don't expect slow play from the big man. His high school coach is quick to clarify that 'He's not one of those clums

Getting To Know The 2009 Nike Hoop Summit Team: Renardo Sidney

March 27, 2009 - Colorado Springs, Colo.

At 6-10, 260 Renardo Sidney (Fairfax H.S. / Los Angeles, Calif.) is one of the biggest bodies on the 2009 USA roster, but don't expect slow play out of the big man. His high school coach is quick to clarify that 'He's not one of those clumsy big men,' and after just a few YouTube clips, it's obvious he is right. Before Sidney arrives in Portland, Ore., along with his 2009 USA Nike Hoop Summit teammates, USABasketball.com talked with Sidney about his focus, his family and his future.

What does it feel like to be selected to this team?
It's a big responsibility just to put on a USA jersey, and to play a game while representing your country is very exciting.

Did you watch the Nike Hoop Summit last year?
I did watch it last year. I'm expecting a lot of things because I had some friends that played in the game, and they said they had fun and that it was great experience for them.

Have you ever played international basketball before?
No I haven't. It will be a new experience for me.

Are you looking forward to playing in the Rose Garden?
I have never played in an NBA arena, so this will be a great opportunity for me. I guess by that time though, it will be my second game in an NBA arena because the McDonald's game is in the Miami Heat arena.

How would you describe you game?
I think I play like Kevin Garnett -- with the passion he has for the game. He just loves the game. I try to carry myself like he does and play hard on both ends of the court.

From The Sideline

'I think what makes Renardo an outstanding basketball player is his overall feel for the game. He is a prolific passer; he is athletic and can handle the ball. He is a very good outside shooter, yet he can take it to the midrange or play the inside game as well. You sometimes forget that he is 6-10, 260. And he is a very good rebounder. He averaged about 13.7 throughout the year and had a career high of 22 in one game.

'He moves well, and he is very coordinated. He is not one of those clumsy big men. And as he matures he will improve in every area. He physically is so far from reaching maturity that, as good as he is now, he will really be something when you see the finished product down the road.

'Off the court, he is a very good person. He has a good heart and a good nature, and he gets along well with his teammates.'

- Harvey Kitani, head coach
Fairfax High School

What area of your game are you most focused on improving right now?
I'm most focused on my conditioning and my weight loss. I am on a diet and doing a lot of running and working out.

What is your least favorite workout or drill?
I don't think I have one. I'm a gym rat. Whatever it takes to get my weight down, get me in better condition or improve my game, I'm willing to do it.

What motivates you?
My family. Coming up as a kid from Mississippi that really didn't have anything, I just have to work hard. My dad and my mom and my brothers and sisters, they are all behind me one hundred percent, and that just keeps me motivated.

How did you wrap up your high school career?
We had a great season. We became close as a team, and we were really playing together by the end of the season. We came up short, but our coach was great and I loved playing alongside Solomon Hill, Lance Bailey, Jordan Weathers and Donte McFrazier. It's been a long ride and it was a tough end, but life goes on, and I have to get ready for college.

*Fairfax (27-5) ended its 2008-09 season with a loss to Westchester in the Division I Southern California regional semifinal.

What is your favorite high school memory?
I have two. One was when I won state and city with Artesia, and the other one was when I hit a game-winner last year against Westchester.
 
*Sidney played his sophomore season at Lakewood Artesia, where he won a state Division III title.

Why did you decide to go to Southern California?
USC is a great school to go to. Tim Floyd is a great coach. He has coached at every level, and I just think he can get me ready for whatever I can do in the future. I will also have a lot of teammates there that I have already played with, Taj Gibson, Romio, Daniel Hackett. I played with all those guys in AAU.
 
*Sidney verbally committed to attend the University of Southern California in 2009-10.

Did you watch the 2008 Olympics? What was your favorite moment?
They just came to play every night. Every time they stepped on the floor, they played together, and they had fun doing it. They represented their country well.