Now that summer has begun, SMU's first basketball commitment of 2015 is happy to have his first classmate.
"Man, I'm excited. I know he's a great player," Sedrick Barefield said about the latest SMU commit, four-star sharpshooter Matt McQuaid. "I heard he's a great shooter and I think we're going to play well together. I have his number in my phone so I'm gonna text him soon."
Barefield and McQuaid represent the beginning of a special backcourt for the Mustangs in 2015. Both have complimenting skill sets. Barefield is a pure point guard who can drive the ball and find open shooters and McQuaid can hit a three-pointer off the pass or off the dribble.
The two will represent a strong backcourt for SMU but the Mustangs are still looking for one more guard for 2015, a combo guard who can both score and handle the ball.
One potential target for this role is four-star Jimmy Whitt, who was teammates with Barefield at the Pangos All-American Camp at the end of May.
"Jimmy's a great player and I like playing with him. We're backcourt partners at the Pangos camp right now and I just love playing with him," Barefield said. "He's a great player and he can make a lot of shots."
For his part, Whitt is showing an interest in teaming up with Barefield and asked the point guard questions over the course of the weekend in Long Beach.
"I just been trying to give (Whitt) good feedback about the campus and the program and hopefully he likes it," Barefield said. "I would love to play with him."
After the weekend, Barefield's mother Kat posted a picture of the two guards together on Twitter.
This caught the attention of the SMU coaching staff.
"(Coach K.T. Turner and I) talked about Jimmy Whitt a little bit. They told me they loved the picture we took of me and him at Pangos and they just want me to pull for him to get him to SMU," Barefield said.
Barefield has been in regular contact with both Turner and SMU head coach Larry Brown.
"It was actually just a day or two ago, Coach Brown and I were just talking about the (NBA) Finals and who we wanted to win," Barefield said. "(Turner) texted me today but I've been busy so I didn't get back to him."
At Pangos, Barefield was named MVP of the All Star Game, displaying a good jump shoot and strong handles. Barefield was humble about the award.
"I just went out there and wanted to play my game and I guess it was good enough to get an MVP," Barefield said modestly. "I'm proud of it and glad to see my hard work is paying off."
The rest of Barefield's summer is starting to fill up as he receives camp invitations.
"Recently I got my invite (to the NBA Top 100 Camp), it's in Virginia. I think it's a good opportunity to compete with some great players," Barefield said. "I'll be in Chicago for the Adidas Uprising Camp."
When he is not on the court or in the weight room, Barefield watches film of some of the young point guards breaking through in the NBA.
"I watch Kyrie Irving the most and second probably Steph Curry," Barefield said. "I like (Irving's) moves, his midrange game, his intelligence. And same with Steph, his IQ. They're two of the most intelligent guards in the game."
Last weekend, Barefield's high school squad Corona Centennial played against a number of the top teams from Southern California at a tournament organized by perennial powerhouse Mater Dei.
After opportunity to see the local competition, Barefield feels he has a better idea of what Centennial needs to do to compete in the state playoffs.
"Right now we need to improve on the defensive end. We've implemented some new plays but we didn't run them today so when we go back to practice we need to work on defense and rebounding because that's why we lost today (to Mater Dei)," Barefield said.