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SMU lands class of 2015 point guard Sedrick Barefield

UPDATE:   

Class of 2015 point guard Sedrick Barefield has committed to Southern Methodist University. He plays his high school ball at Centennial High School in Corona, California. Barefield, 6'2 200 lbs, is rated four stars on Rivals and 247sports, while being rated three stars on Scout.com and ESPN.com. He received a multitude of scholarship offers, including from Baylor, UConn, San Diego State, and Memphis.

ANALYSIS:

SMU's success this season coupled with legendary coach Larry Brown heading the program is likely to drive more highly-rated prospects to Dallas in the near future. The Mustangs are 20-6 this season, and Brown seems to have this program poised to take a big step forward in the college basketball hierarchy. A big step towards reaching that next level is reeling in big recruits, as Brown has been able to do. SMU's 2014 class isn't a big one right now, but it makes up what it lacks in quanity in quality. Five-star recruit Emmanuel Mudiay is Brown's lone commitment for the class of 2014, and that certainly sends an earth-shaking message to other kids and programs out there that big things are happening for the SMU men's basketball program. Another big fish, class of 2015 point guard Sedrick Barefield, has committed to Brown and his vision at SMU. Barefield's game is very developed as a high school junior, and his rating by recruiting services reflects that. He possesses superb handles, and he has an uncanny ability to drive to the lane and dazzle the crowd by dropping a flashy dime to an open teammate from anywhere on the floor at any time. He can also be relied on as a scorer. His strength and decisiveness with the ball in his hands allow him to flourish in transition, and he draws contact well while heading to the rim, which is something that will help him at the college level. Barefield is not a big leaper, but when he is in the air he shows impressive body control and often adjusts to finish through contact. He can also spot up and knock down three-pointers and mid-range jumpers with consistency when neccessary. His quick, fluid release is a plus that allows him to rise up and get his shot over the outstretched arms of taller defenders. Barefield does not shy away from the big moment. He has hit his share of clutch shots at the high school level, and he'll be forced into the bright lights immediately after stepping on SMU's campus in a couple years. Emmanuel Mudiay, who will presumably head to the NBA if everything goes smoothly his freshmen year, will not be an easy act to follow. However, Barefield might be just the steady presence the Mustangs need, and he definitely won't shy away from the challenge.

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