Here’s what Renardo Sidney Sr. said of UCLA’s recruitment of his son. There has been speculation that UCLA had backed off Sidney this week, though UCLA has not, and cannot comment upon such speculation.
“I don’t know where the pulling out part came from, we never committed to UCLA. People are blowing that out of proportion. UCLA has to do what’s best for UCLA and we have to do what’s best for Renardo,” he said.
So I followed up with, “So are you saying that UCLA never told you it was ending its recruitment of Renardo?”
“Not to my knowledge,” he said. “We never committed to them, so why would they have to pull out.”
I’ve walked in the door here at Fairfax High to what I thought was a press conference to announce where Renardo Sidney Jr. is committing to play basketball in college next year and a banquet broke out.
Seriously, the entire gym is decorated and full of fans, teammates and families. There is a catered dinner in the back, and a full program outlining the events of the evening.
I had a chance to sit down with freshman guard Jrue Holiday the other day and ask –among other things you’ll read about in my column tommorrow — about the big night for the Holiday family tonight. Jrue and older brother Justin, a sophomore at Washington, are playing for first place in the Pacific 10 Conference tonight.
His mother Toya and younger sister Lauren open the Southern Section girls basketball playoffs tonight as Campbell Hall (21-1) hosts Sacred Heart of Jesus. Lauren is a freshman, but she leads the team in scoring at 17.0 points a game and rebounding (8.9)
“I’d rather go watch their game,” Jrue said of his mother and sisters’ playoff opener. “It’s too bad they’re on the same night. But I think their game will be over in time to come watch the end of our game.”
Ramona Shelburne here. I thought I’d pass a long a little women’s hoops news. New coach Nikki Caldwell just landed a big transfer, announcing that former Long Beach Poly star guard Jasmine Dixon is transferring from Rutgers to UCLA and will be eligible after the fall of 2009.
Dixon was a McDonald’s All-American last year at Long Beach Poly and led the Jackrabbits to three straight California Division I State titles. She averaged 14.1 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.2 steals and 3.2 assists a game in her senior season. She was state player of the year twice.
When she opted to head East for college, it was seen as yet another example of the two local schools, UCLA and USC, failing to keep the top Southland talent in LA. Bringing her back is obviously a pretty big victory for a rookie coach.
Due to the sensitive nature of this situation, after all, the kid is leaving Brian’s beloved alma mater, I thought I’d post this entry instead of inflicting any unnecessary emotional pain or discomfort
Kahlil Bell scored his second touchdown of the game on a leaping 1-yard dive on 4th-and-goal, soaring over several lineman for the score. With the score, the Bruins lead 28-3.
Kevin Craft connected with Ryan Moya for their second touchdown of the game midway through the third quarter.
The redshirt junior quarterback has looked fantastic today, both in game management and actual performance. Craft has 22-of-34 passes for 220 yards thus far with two touchdowns.