Fil-Am Sedrick Barefield commits to US NCAA school SMU
MANILA, Philippines - Filipino-American US high school basketball standout Sedrick Barefield has decided to play NCAA Division I college basketball for champion head coach Larry Brown and the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Mustangs, it was made official on Thursday, November 13 (PH time).
Barefield, a high school senior out of Corona Centennial in Corona, Calif., decided to sign with the Mustangs despite getting offers from other universities like Connecticut, UNLV, Creighton, Missouri, and Baylor. He also received interest from Florida, Michigan, and Oklahoma.
The Fil-Am player was ranked three out of five stars by Scout.com and was ranked as the 31st best point guard out of the 2015 class by ESPN.
Like UCLA Commit Kobe Paras, Barefield's played AAU ball for Compton Magic.
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Barefield, who led his school to a state championship while he was a junior, stands at 6-foot-2, weighs 185 pounds, and is a point guard who has the ability to shoot the 3-ball consistently, convert baskets at the rim, and create scoring opportunities for his teammates.
Barefield's game will improve the more he practices in SMU under Coach Brown, who owns a 1098-904 NBA coaching record and won an NBA championship with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. Brown coached many notable point guards such as future Hall of Famers Chauncey Billups and Allen Iverson.
Brown also has a 219-88 career coaching record in the NCAA, and won a national championship with the Kansas Jayhawks in 1988.
Since taking over for the SMU Mustangs in 2012, he has led them to a 42-27 record. The last time the school made the NCAA Final Four round was in 1956.
"The opportunity to be coached by Coach Brown and to learn from him every single day, you know, that's special," Barefield told smu.rivals.com.