Sedrick Barefield: the next Filipino in the NBA after Raymond Townsend?

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Basketball crazy nation Philippines is still hoping that someday a player with Filipino blood will finally done an NBA jersey since Fil-Am Raymond Townsend.

Filipinos have already pinned their hopes on Fil-German Michael Standhardinger , a standout from the University of Hawaii  and Long Island University Blackbirds Jason Brickman to make it the pro ranks.

And another star with Filipino blood in Filipino-American Sedrick Barefield is 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.

Barefield’s Explosiveness

Barefield, a junior in high school, led his team in their 81-77 overtime victory vs Loyola.

He is already the go-to-guy of the team as he ended with explosive numbers of 29 points and 10 assists. 

They will face Chino Hills for the State Championships.

The 6’2 Barefield, whose mother is a Filipina, is a natural point guard and 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 has Barefield at 14th best in the country, and 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, 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.

Ed Umbao

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