Fil-Am US NCAA players Martin and Barefield to face off
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 03, 2018 03:52 PM
Arizona State's Remy Martin and Utah's Sedrick Barefield, both Filipino-Americans will face off for the first time this season on Sunday (PHL time) FILE PHOTO/Gregory Payan and John Locher, Associated Press
Two Filipino-American point guards will be squaring off this Sunday (PH time) for the first time this season as Remy Martin of Arizona State and Sedrick Barefield of the University of Utah will face each other in the Pac-12 Conference of the US NCAA Division 1.
Martin and Barefield, 6-foot, and 6 foot 1, respectively are both being seen as the future of Philippine basketball.
Freshman Remy Macaspac Martin, who traces his roots from Pampanga, is one of the key players of the fourth-ranked Arizona State University Sun Devils squad, and is averaging 10.2 points, 2.8 assists, 3.1 rebounds per game in 26 minutes of action.
He played high school in powerhouse Sierra Canyon in Chatwood, California, and has expressed his desires of one day be playing for Gilas.
Sophomore Sedrick Bihis Barefield on the other hand plays for the University of Utah Utes and is norming 10.6 points, 2.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds in 29.3 minutes of action.
He was one of the highly-touted prospects out of Centennial High School in Corona, California.
Though both played high school in the Southern California area, both have never played against each other.
Both Martin and Barefield can show that they can mix up with the big dogs, with the players showing flashes of brillance.
Martin was instrumental in taking down the Kansas Jayhawks last month, where he scored 21 points, and stole the ball six times. The six-footer has drawn comparisons to NBA MVP Russell Westbrook due to his nuclear athleticism.
Barefield on the other hand had a rousing debut for Utah last season, shortly after transferring from Southwest Methodist University.
After scoring 18 points in his NCAA debut against Prairie View A&M, Barefield followed it up with a 35-point explosion in the next game against the University of San Francisco.
This won't be the first and last time these Pinoy ballers will face each other - the teams will meet again in Arizona later this month.
H/T to ABS-CBN News' Steve Angeles for contributing to this report.