Sedrick Barefield Player Profile
Size: 6-2, 190
Hometown: Corona, Calif.
High School: As a senior at Centennial High School, Barefield averaged 20.6 points, 4.2 assists and 2.2 rebounds while leading his team to a 25-6 record. Not only was he named Big VII MVP, but he was also named to the All-CIF third team. Barefield was successful as a junior as well, leading his team to a CIF State Championship while averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 assists.
SMU wasn’t the first school to offer Barefield, but when assistant K.T. Turner pulled the trigger, the offer made an impression on the California point guard and his family. While San Diego State (his parents’ alma mater) offered Barfield early, he never planned on making his collegiate decision based on where his parents went. The Mustangs even beat out fellow AAC rivals UConn and Memphis, who had offered first, for the guard’s talents. In the end, SMU’s combination of academics and good coaching made it impossible for Barefield to say no. It took three months, but in February of his junior season, Barefield became SMU’s first commit of the 2015 class after committing while on a visit to the Hilltop. The three-star guard held offers from California, Boston College, Connecticut, Harvard, Kansas State and San Diego State, among others.
Barefield is a true point guard and brings a lot to the table even as a freshman, but the coaching staff will still go mostly with Nic Moore this season. An interesting idea would be to redshirt Barefield so that he can learn from Moore this year and come back next year with four full years to work towards the post-season, but in the end, I don’t think that’s the route the coaching staff goes.
Barefield did a great job of pushing the tempo and distributing the ball in high school, and that’s what he’ll bring to the table when he does get playing time this season. 2015-2016 will be a great opportunity for the point guard to learn, but that also means there could some growing pains early on. The American is loaded with talent at the guard position, so Barefield will have to learn to match their physicality on both sides of the ball. Barefield, who does a nice job of penetrating the paint, can also score from the inside well, which is something that will help him see more playing time.
In the end, expect to see Barefield earn more playing time as the season progresses; as long as he doesn’t turn the ball over and can continue his success as a passer. With no post-season to play for, don’t be surprised to see Barefield to get meaningful minutes in crunch time late in the season. Also, expect to see a lot of Barefield and Milton on the floor together as the two learn to play together and compliment each other’s games. Barefield has one of the toughest tasks in being a point guard under Larry Brown, but he's got the basketball IQ to develop into a real quality four-year player for SMU. The interesting thing will be how his minutes work out this season with Nic Moore being the undisputed leader in SMU's backcourt.