Fil-Am point guard thrives at University of Utah

by Jared Bray, ABS-CBN News


SALT LAKE CITY — Filipino-American point guard Sedrick Barefield has worked his way into the University of Utah rotation this year, serving primarily as the team’s spark plug off the bench.

“It just starts in practice,” Barefield said. “I try to practice how I play, and play how I practice.”

At Southern Methodist University last year, Barefield saw just 16 total minutes of action and scored zero points. He then transferred to Utah, where he’s become a key contributor to the team.

The sophomore is averaging 9.3 points and 2.0 assists in 23.9 minutes per game. He’s also shooting 42.9 percent from the field, including 41.1 percent from 3-point range.

He’s played well, but Barefield believes he can improve his game, especially his defense and ball handling.

“The key to that is just studying the game, watching film, learning from pros, and staying in the gym,” he said.

Though he would happily trade the snow of Salt Lake City for the sunshine of his hometown, Corona, California, Barefield said he feels at home in Utah.

“Everyone’s just really positive and loving out here,” he said. “Everybody’s pretty much embraced me, and I’ve embraced them, so it’s been pretty cool.”

He said the best part of the game is “the process…getting better with my teammates. Practice everyday. Weight room everyday. Just taking it day by day.”

Up next for Barefield and the Utes’ is the Pac-12 tournament, and a potential berth in the NCAA tournament.

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