Today, the Runnin’ Utes received a commitment from Sedrick Barefield, a 6’2″, 180 pound point guard transfer from SMU. Barefield was a highly touted 3* player in the 2015 class, with offers from some major programs:

Barefield didn’t see much time his freshman season at SMU, averaging only 3 minutes a game playing behind some talented players on a very good SMU squad.  Barefield is reportedly eligible to play at the end of fall semester of 2016.

Utah’s scholarship situation going forward is murky at this point.  In part, because David Collette has also joined the Runnin’ Utes and won’t be eligible to play until the same time as Barefield.

The scholarship roster projection , below, shows what I currently anticipate based on what we know.  If Barefield and Collette aren’t able to play until end of fall semester, 2016, it isn’t clear how their scholarships count toward the 2016-2017 season.  On paper, it appears the Utes have one more scholarship for next year than the 13 they are allotted, but the Barefield and Collette enrollment dates could be the reason why that situation appears murky at the moment.  The situation should become more clear as we roll through this season, and into next season.

 

David Collette joined Utah after leaving Utah State in a well-documented saga that reflected extremely poorly on Utah State’s handling of the release.  Utah State’s actions essentially ensured that Collette not only couldn’t play basketball anywhere for a year, but that he also couldn’t receive athletic aid for a year either.