Why young Fil-Am is next big bet to be NBA star

by TJ Manotoc, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 20 2014 02:23 AM | Updated as of Mar 20 2014 09:41 PM

MANILA - Filipino-American Sedrick Barefield is still making waves in his high school basketball career as he has now led his team, the Centennial High School in Corona, California to the state finals.

His Filipina mother Kat kept her followers updated with live tweets of the intense ballgame.

Even though he's only a junior in high school, Barefield led his team in their 81-77 overtime victory vs Loyola.

He ended with eye-popping numbers of 29 points and 10 assists. They move on to play Chino Hills for the State Championships.

Barefield, who stands 6’2 and plays a true point guard role, has been developing well in his career in line with what college scouts had predicted for him since he hit their radar 2 years ago. The latest national rankings by Rivals.com has Barefield at 14th best in the country, and ESPN ranks him as the 41st best high school point guard in the whole US, which includes seniors. 

Arguably, Barefield could be a top-20 point guard in his senior year. With those stats and rankings, it's no wonder there has been serious buzz about him possibly being the next best bet to have a Filipino in the NBA.

But it was busy last 2 weeks for the Barefields as they also just came back from a school visit to South Methodist University (SMU).

The SMU Mustangs are a Division 1 team who have a legendary mentor in former NCAA and NBA champion coach Larry Brown.

Larry Brown is the only coach in history to win an NCAA and an NBA title.

He ruled the NCAA tournament with Kansas in 1988 and is better known to basketball fans when he coached the Detroit Pistons in 2004 led by Chauncy Billups, Richard Hamilton, and Ben Wallace.

Brown joined SMU in April 2012 and had a 15-17 record in his first year.

But after a solid recruitment year, Rivals.com ranked SMU as the 14th best recruitment class in Division 1. Brown has improved the Mustangs to 23-9 this season.

It is rare for high school juniors to make a commitment to their college of choice.

Normally, top prospects wait until sometime their senior year. But it seems like Barefield, who was also being wooed by several other major Division 1 schools, liked what he saw right away in SMU and with Larry Brown and made the decision.