SALT LAKE CITY — During a preseason exhibition game against the College of Idaho, Utah Ute Sedrick Barefield showed that he’s ready for his senior season, scoring 10 points while leading his team to a 96-76 victory.
“As a senior point guard, I’m the leader of this team,” Barefield said, “so I try to just lead these guys as much as I can, show them the ropes a little bit, and just play my game.”
The Filipino American was a key contributor for Utah last season, averaging 12.0 points, 2.5 assists and 2.2 rebounds per game on 40.1 percent shooting.
This year, he’s expected to be the face of the program and the focal point of the offense.
“One of the things we’ve talked about is winning the Pac-12 championship, bring that to Salt Lake City,” Barefield said. “That’s one of our goals, and if we want to do that, we just got to get better every single day.”
At the end of last season, Barefield worked out for the Utah Jazz, drawing praise from the team’s vice president of player personnel.
“He brings energy. He brings athleticism. He brings the ability to shoot the ball, score the ball.” Walt Perrin said. “If he goes back [to school], he’s one we would be looking at next year.”
Accordingly, should the Pinoy point guard put together a powerful senior year, he may become an intriguing prospect in the 2019 NBA draft.
“I just stay in the moment and let the future hold what it holds,” Barefield said. “Just stay in the present moment. Try to get better every single day. Focus on this season.”
Barefield and the Utes officially begin their 2018-2019 season on Nov. 8 against the Maine Black Bears.