#OTRHoopsReport: Nike Extravaganza – Barefield & Pflueger – Feb. 16, 2014
Santa Ana, Calif. – At events like the Nike Extravaganza at Mater Dei High School, it is always a good chance to look into the future and see who basketball fans will be following next season. This event gave a quality look at two 2015 guards who will inevitably see their recruitment pick up as the summer months approach. Here is an overview of these two California natives.
Sedrick Barefield (Corona, Calif.) – Centennial Huskies – 2015
Barefield is proving to be one of the better point guard prospects on the west coast in the class of 2015. As he showed at the Nike Extravaganza, he is guard who is willing to score the ball from behind the 3-point line and off the drive. The 6-foot-1 guard showed his ability to pick his spots as a scorer and a facilitator for his Centennial High School team. He reminds us of Gonzaga signee Josh Perkins who plays for Huntington Prep Academy. Barefield might even have a slightly quicker first step than Perkins, which could bode well in the future for the California native. Barefield’s recruitment reflects his talent on the court as he has picked up offers from UNLV and SMU within the high school season.
See what play from CoachHemi.com would fit Barefield’s style: Cavaliers Screen for the Ball Screener
Rex Pflueger (San Juan Capistrano, Calif.) – Mater Dei – 2015
Two words to describe the shooting guard from Mater Dei: Length and Skill. Listed at 6-6 and with the tools to play the wing, he showed on his home court at the Nike Extravaganza that he is a player that makes plays. Pflueger could be defined as a specialist, because of his consistent dead eye stroke from behind the arc. In fact, while playing opposite of Stanley Johnson in the Mater Dei backcourt he found plenty of space to launch daggers from beyond the arc. However, do not sleep on this guard’s ability to finish around the rim either. He has surprising lift in his legs and enough athleticism to check shooting guards on the defensive end. When you combine these skills with his already mature approach to the game, one could project Pflueger will flourish as a college player within the right system. This weekend, he was on campus at San Diego State to watch the Aztecs take on Air Force.
Read here what play from CoachHemi.com would fit Pflueger’s style: Bucknell Box
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