With Brandon Taylor being a senior and Lorenzo Bonam a junior, Utah was in a position where they could use an addition at the point with the future in mind. Wednesday afternoon Larry Krystkowiak’s program accomplished that, as former SMU point guard Sedrick Barefield committed to transferring to Utah.
Barefield didn’t see much playing time (five games, 16 minutes) in his one semester at SMU, which is understandable given the fact that the Mustangs have one of the nation’s best point guards in senior Nic Moore. Ranked 128th in the Class of 2015 out of high school by Rivals.com, Barefield can both score and distribute the basketball from the point guard position, and he’s a talented addition to a roster that will have some holes to fill on the perimeter at the end of this season.
In addition to Taylor, Utah will also lose Dakarai Tucker and Jordan Loveridge at the end of this season. Barefield is the third perimeter commitment in Utah’s 2016 class, joining Devon Daniels and Yuba College guard Jojo Zamora. Also in that class is talented power forward/center Jayce Johnson, who’s enrolled at Utah and will redshirt this season, and former Utah State forward David Collette transferred to Utah as well.
It should be noted that Collette, who was one of the Mountain West’s best players last season, has yet to officially join the Utah program. Barefield will be eligible to play at the end of the 2016 fall semester.
A basketball player getting the opportunity to play for his father at the college level isn’t an opportunity that occurs all that often. Of course in recent years the tandem of Greg and Doug McDermott at Creighton immediately comes to mind, and earlier this year Avery Johnson Jr. transferred from Texas A&M to Alabama in order to play for his newly hired father.
Wednesday it was announced that another college basketball player has transferred in order to play for his father, as Hudson Price has officially joined the Charlotte program, where his father Mark was hired as head coach in the spring. Hudson, who played two seasons at TCU, will have to sit out the 2015-16 season per NCAA rules.
After playing just over 15 minutes per game as a freshman the 6-foot-6 Price’s minutes decreased some in 2014-15, as he averaged 9.4 mpg as a sophomore.
Hudson Price is one of two transfers from four-year schools who have joined the Charlotte program since his father took over the program with former Pitt big man Joseph Uchebo being the other. In total, Charlotte will have eight newcomers on its roster when the season begins.
The 49ers have one scholarship upperclassman at the shooting guard position in junior Ivan Benkovic, with sophomore Ridell Camidge and freshmen Jon Davis and Curran Scott being the other options.
San Diego State landed a talented transfer late Thursday, as former Missouri wing Montaque Gill-Caesar announced on Twitter that he’s decided to join Steve Fisher’s program. Gill-Caesar, who was a four-star prospect coming out of Huntington Prep in West Virginia, will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 campaign.
The 6-foot-6 Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri, playing an average of 24 minutes contest.
Gill-Caesar is an important addition for San Diego State, which will lose wing Winston Shepard III at the end of the upcoming season. Among there perimeter players who have eligibility remaining beyond the upcoming season are Matt Shrigley, Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley, and adding a player who can score to this group is a boost for a program that struggled to manufacture baskets last season.
San Diego State has added two transfers to the program this summer, with former Indiana forward Max Hoetzel being the first. Like Gill-Caesar, Hoetzel will have to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules.
Just over a month ago forward Jacorey Williams was one of three Arkansas players (Anton Beard and Dustin Thomas being the others) arrested on charges of first degree suspicion of forgery in relation to their alleged use of counterfeit money. That case was Williams’ latest misstep away from the court, one that eventually led to Arkansas dismissing him from the program.
Thursday the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal reported that Williams has joined the Middle Tennessee State basketball program. This report comes a couple days after the move was first discussed by multiple outlets, with head coach Kermit Davis providing the paper with a comment on the additions of Williams and junior college transfer Aldonis Foote to the team.
“We trust our culture and structure will benefit both of these young men to be successful on and off the court,” Davis said. “We have done our due diligence in this process and look forward to Jacorey having a very productive red-shirt year.
“Jacorey loved his time at Arkansas, but is looking forward to playing closer to his home of Birmingham next season.”
The 6-foot-8 Williams will have one season of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 campaign, and it should be noted that the legal case that led to his dismissal from the Arkansas program has yet to be resolved. The arrignment hearings for Williams, Beard and Thomas, which were originally scheduled for August 24, were postponed until September 2.
Williams averaged 4.8 points and 2.8 rebounds per game for the Razorbacks last season.
Indiana added a late transfer this weekend as former Pitt guard Josh Newkirk joined the program, according to his father. The 6-foot-1 guard will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer restrictions, but Newkirk has two years of eligibility remaining after.
As a Panther last season, Newkirk averaged 5.9 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game. The addition of Newkirk gives the Hoosiers an experienced point guard once Yogi Ferrell exhausts his eligibility after this season. Newkirk is currently rehabbing from microfracture surgery that he had in early May, but he gives head coach Tom Crean a capable guard to get minutes once he becomes eligible.
You can essentially look at Newkirk as a Class of 2016 recruit and he joins in-state shooting guard Grant Gelon as future Hoosiers joining the team next season.
After announcing earlier this summer that he’d be leaving the Missouri program after just one season, Montaque Gill-Caesar hadn’t said much regarding his plans when it came to a new school. Thursday it was reported by Matt Prehm of 247Sports.com that the Huntington Prep product will visit Oregon, with that trip scheduled for Monday.
Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri, which came after he decided to reclassify back to 2014 from the 2015 class.
Gill-Ceasar will be on campus Monday through Wednesday for an official visit where he’ll spend time with Oregon’s staff, players, and get a feel for the campus. He is also considering taking visits to San Diego State, Iowa State, and Baylor.
Gill-Caesar, who committed to Missouri in early August 2014, reunited with former Huntington Prep head coach and current Missouri assistant Rob Fulford in Columbia. While Oregon does have scholarships remaining for the upcoming academic year, the Ducks will also have to account for the eventual loss of three guard/wing players at the conclusion of the 2015-16 season.
Grad student Dylan Ennis (from Villanova), Elgin Cook and Dwayne Benjamin are all in their final season of eligibility. Landing Gill-Caesar would definitely help Dana Altman and his staff as they look to address this area of need.