Barefield travelled the country this summer playing in all sorts of showcases and tournaments including Adidas Unrivaled (Chicago), the NBA Top 100 camp, the Battle of the Beach tournament (California) and the Adidas Super 64 camp (Las Vegas).
Although it was a lot, Barefield used all of the extra playing time to improve his game.
“I learned a lot. There were a lot of ups and downs and a lot of lessons to be learned, but it’s helped my game move forward,” Barefield said. “My effort is improving now, you know, going out there and playing every game like it’s my last.”
With the AAU season and summer in the rear view mirror now, college coaches are now focused on recruiting and securing commits for the upcoming 2015 class.
With at least six spots opening up after this upcoming season, the Mustangs have some work cut out for them when it comes to recruiting for the 2015 class.
SMU took a hit on the recruiting trail two months ago when four-star Duncanville (Texas) shooting guard Matt McQuaid decided to reopen his recruitment.
Barefield, SMU’s lone commit in the 2015 class, did not speak to McQuaid directly about his de-commitment, but spoke with the SMU coaching staff about it.
“I talked to the coaches about it and they were pretty disappointed,” Barefield said. “Everyone was pretty disappointed but I think we’ll be all right.”
Nevertheless, the Mustangs do have other options.
Barefield, who is 100 percent committed to SMU at this point, has even been able to reach out on his own to a couple of guys that SMU has their eyes on.
“I reached out to Bryant Crawford and I just followed (Admon) Gilder on twitter so I’m going to reach out to him,” Barefield said. “I’m hoping to get Gilder and Crawford and Elijah (Thomas).”
At this point, with Barefield’s recruitment all but wrapped up, the rising senior can focus in on improving his game and his final season of high school basketball.
“Team goals, we want to be the number one team in the state. We want to win CIF,” Barefield said. “We got to state last year and fell short so we’re just paying attention to detail. For my game, I’d say the IQ side and just continuing to learn how to play the point guard position.”