Barefield talks SMU recruiting class

SMU's first commit for the 2015 hoops class has now been joined by two other commits. Get his thoughts on them, Barefield's senior year and his home visit with coach Larry Brown and K.T. Turner.

The SMU basketball program picked up a string of commitments from two 2015 athletes and even a 2016 athlete, but Shake Milton, Jarrey Foster and LaGerald Vick all followed suit after three-star Corona Centennial (Calif.) point guard Sedrick Barefield.

Head Coach Larry Brown and assistant KT Turner made the trip out to California to visit with Barefield and his family just last week.

“The visit went well,” Barefield said. “We talked about a little bit of basketball and we also talked about the campus and, you know, just life stuff. He said he wants me to study the game, because I have a lot of games recorded, so he said to just watch the plays and defensive principles that they (SMU) use.”

The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Barefield committed to Larry Brown and SMU back in February when no one else had joined the Mustangs’ 2015 class yet.

But with three new commitments, Barefield is happy to finally have a couple of players he can call his future teammates.

“I actually played with Shake in an all-star game, but yea they’re all really good players,” Barefield said. “They’ll be able to contribute a lot right when they walk in.”

Milton, the Mustangs’ highest rated commit, is listed as a shooting guard, but has expressed interest in playing the point guard position as well, which is not a problem for Barefield who thinks the two could complement each other nicely.

“The fact that he can go on and off (the ball) is really good because I feel like I could do the same thing,” Barefield said. “He’s long, he’s versatile, so I think it’s going to work out really well and I think he’s exactly what they were looking for in a combo type guard.”

Barefield is happy with the pieces that have been added to the 2015 class, but he knows adding a quality big is still high on his and coach Brown’s wish list.

Four-star Lancaster (Tex.) forward Elijah Thomas could have been that talented big, but instead he, and his close friend, Admon Gilder, spurned the Mustangs for Texas A&M.

“I wish we could have played with them, but I’m still happy for them and where they’re going,” Barefield said. “I wasn’t really surprised (they chose Texas A&M), but I wish we could’ve gotten them.”

Needless to say, the Mustangs are in good shape following their recent commitments, so Barefield can now concentrate on fine-tuning his game for his senior season.

The California native is happy with how his game has developed, but knows there are a few things he wants to work on before he gets to SMU.

“I would say just being a better point guard,” Barefield said. “Doing all of the little things to win games like getting on loose balls, and just playing with my heart and playing my hardest. This year as a senior I just want to be a leader and hopefully I can carry that to SMU.”

At the moment, Barefield has no immediate plans to visit SMU, but does hope to take in one or two games in Moody Coliseum later this season.

Barefield also said he hasn’t talked with his parents about it yet, but would like to sign during the early period.

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