Fil-Am guard gaining attention from college recruiters

By Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN News North America

Posted at Jan 10 2013 05:51 PM | Updated as of Jan 11 2013 02:14 AM

CORONA, California – The Centennial High School Huskies basketball team, ranked as the fifth best in California, is in the hands of 16-year-old Filipino-American sophomore point guard Sedrick Barefield.

Filipino-American point guard Sedrick Barefield.

Standing 6-foot-1 and averaging just under 15 points a game, Barefield is considered by college scouts as one of the top high school point guards in the Class of 2015.

Despite his ability to score the basket, Barefield takes more pride in his ability to help his teammates.

“I just love playing basketball. If I see an open teammate, I’ll get it to him,” Barefield said. “I’m not a selfish person and I love to get my teammates involved.”

Barefield began playing basketball at age four. His passing and scoring abilities have caught the eyes of college scouts, as well as basketball enthusiasts in the Philippines, who believe he may eventually make it to the NBA.

At the moment, the 16-year-old remains focused on improving his game.

“I have to listen, I have to get in the gym every day, four to five hours a day,” he said. “No wasted days.”

The high school sophomore is scheduled to graduate in 2015 and has generated college scholarship interest from some of the top basketball powerhouses in the United States, including University of Connecticut, Boston College, Memphis and Kansas State.

Recruitment is expected to pick up more this summer and as he finishes his junior year.

“If he’s fortunate enough to go, we’d be very happy,” said Barefield’s mother, Kat Barefield. “He’s always wanted to play at a big school. He’s always wanted to play Division 1 basketball. You can’t ask for more as a mom if he actually gets the chance to go.”

Under NBA rules, a player needs to be out of high school for at least a year before being eligible for the rookie draft.

Kat and her husband Ray, a former college player at the San Diego State University, admit they would support him becoming the second Filipino in the NBA, but they prefer that Sedrick get a college degree.

Recruiting website Future150 has called Barefield “a monster in the open floor” and gushed about his ball-handling ability and court vision. 

“His strongest attribute might be his ability to run a team to perfection. He has good pace to his game and has the basketball IQ to put his team in position to win,” the scouting report said.

Barefield still needs to improve on his shot selection, especially as he has a tendency to dominate the ball at times. The point guard also needs to work on his strength and lateral quickness in an effort to improve as a defender.

Future150 gave Barefield a four-star rank and named him the ninth-best point guard in his recruitment class.

Respected recruitment website gave Barefield a three-star rank and included him in the list of the top point guards of 2015.