CORONA, Calif. – The town of Corona in Southern California will have one last year to watch Filipino American basketball prodigy Sedrick Bihis Barefield as he has entered his senior year at Centennial High School with lofty goals and high expectations.
“I’m just trying to get better every single day. Our team has some big goals,” said Barefield, who has committed to play for Southern Methodist University (SMU) in college. “We’re just trying to improve every day and take it game by game.”
“Coming off a rough summer, I just told myself, going into my senior year to play every game like it was my last. I’m struggling right now because I got bronchitis, but I think I’ll be able to pick it up,” he added.
Barefield has been picked by the Los Angeles Times as a candidate for Southern California’s Player of the Year, and has been averaging 22 points and four assists per game this year.
The McDonalds’ All-American nominee started the year strong with a string of 30-point games before bronchitis slowed him down.
After committing to play for legendary coach Larry Brown at SMU in Dallas, Texas on a full scholarship, Barefield went on a series of camps and showcases the past year.
“It’s just great going against some of the best players in the country,” he said. “It just shows you where you’re at. It’s a lot of fun too, a lot of people don’t get to experience it, so I’m very thankful.”
Despite having his basketball future and college scholarship planned out, Barefield remains focused on his highly ranked Centennial team.
“Just coming in and staying focused on a long term goal, trying to learn every day and get better,” said Barefield. “I know there are a lot of distractions, college, and even now. I just have to stay focused with the game and the things that matter.”
In a recent game against NorCo high school, Barefield overcame bronchitis to score 19 points in three quarters, showing off his all-around game, including his highly-touted passing skills.
Barefield already has a storied high school career, but one achievement remains on his checklist – winning a state championship.