Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau
CORONA, Calif. – The Centennial High School Huskies basketball team, ranked as the fifth best in California, is in the hands of 16-yearold Filipino-American sophomore point guard Sedrick Barefield.
Standing 6-foot-1 and averaging just under 15 points a game, and 5 assists, Barefield is considered by college scouts as one of the top high school point guards in the Class of 2015.
Despite his ability to score the basket, Barefield takes more pride in his ability to help his teammates.
“I just love playing basketball. If I see an open teammate, I’ll get the ball to him,” Barefield said. “I’m not a selfish person and I love to get my teammates involved.”
Barefield began playing basketball at age four. His passing and scoring abilities have caught the eyes of college scouts, as well as basketball enthusiasts in the Philippines, who believe he may eventually make it to the NBA.
At the moment, the 16-year old remains focused on improving his game.
“I have to listen, I have to get in the gym every day, four to five hours a day,” he said. “No wasted days.”
The high school sophomore is scheduled to graduate in 2015 and has generated college scholarship interest from some of the top basketball powerhouses in the United States, including University of Connecticut, Boston College, Memphis and Kansas State.
Recruitment is expected to pick up more this summer and as he finishes his junior year.
“If he’s fortunate enough to go, we’d be very happy,” said Barefield’s mother, Kat Barefield. “He’s always wanted to play at a big school. He’s always wanted to play Division 1 basketball. You can’t ask for more as a mom if he actually gets the chance to go.”
Under NBA rules, a player needs to be out of high school for at least a year before being eligible for the rookie draft.
Kat and her husband Ray, a former college player at the San Diego State University, admit they would support him becoming the second Filipino in the NBA, but they prefer that Sedrick get a college degree.
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