SMU assistant coach K.T. Turner took advantage of a down week with SMU in finals by taking a trip to Southern California, a region of the country rich with basketball talent.
On the trip, Turner checked out an array of recruits. One of these players was Sedrick Barefield, a three-star 2015 point guard from Corona Centennial.
While SMU has yet to gain a foothold in the area, Barefield was impressed and excited to get an offer from a team led by the legendary Larry Brown, according to Barefield's father, Ray.
"The credibility that Coach Brown brings, basically a Hall of Fame coach and one of the best coaches ever so it's a huge compliment," Ray said. "(Sedrick is) very proud to be offered by such a prestigious program and coach."
Sedrick is listed at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. For AAU ball, he plays for the Compton Magic, a program fellow SMU recruit Daviyon Draper was also a part of. It was through the team that Turner reached out to the junior.
"I believe (Turner was) in town and throughout Southern California and Sedrick was on their list, and they came in there and saw a spot for him," Ray said. "They probably were a little familiar with him before then. They also spoke with his AAU coach about him and sent us some emails to express their interest."
The SMU coaching staff has not been in contact with Sedrick's parents as of yet, but Ray says, ‘the AAU coach called me and said they would be in contact with us real soon.'
Sedrick currently holds other offers from Boston College, UConn, Creighton, Memphis and Kansas State. He also has been offered by San Diego State, where Ray played his college ball before playing professionally in Europe.
But Sedrick has previously told Scout reporters that playing for his father's alma mater is not important to him.
"I just have to go wherever it's best for me," Sedrick said. "Wherever I can fit in and stand out."
Ray currently coaches at a small high school in Los Angeles but still helps Sedrick when he can.
"We work together hard on conditioning in the summer and on some fundamentals," Ray said. "But otherwise he is in a great high school program."
For now though, Ray and Sedrick are excited about the new offer and will look to do more research on the SMU program in the near future.
"As a family, we are obviously grateful," Ray said. "Sedrick is working really hard so we're already grateful for the school's that show interest and as far as SMU goes, with Coach Brown, how could you not look into that? How do you not consider that? Because he's one of the greatest coaches and teachers of this game of all-time. I highly respect him as a former player and a high school coach today."
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