SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 Sports) – The Utah Jazz worked out five local players, but one of them has decided to go back to school.
One day before the deadline to withdraw from the NBA Draft, University of Utah guard Sedrick Barefield has decided to return to the Utes for his senior season.
“Sedrick had a good workout,” said Walt Perrin, Jazz Vice President of Player Personnel. “We don’t tell them what they should do. That’s an individual decision. But we will tell them what they need to improve on. He’s one that we would be looking at next year.”
Barefield averaged 12 points and 2.5 assists per game for the Utes last season, leading the team to the championship game of the N-I-T.
The Jazz worked out four other local players on Tuesday, Kenneth Ogbe from Utah Valley University, Weber State’s Ryan Richardson, Dayon Goodman from Westminster and Barefield’s Utah teammate, Tyler Rawson.
Rawson grew up in Utah, so to work out for the Jazz was a lifelong dream.
“It’s surreal,” he said. “I’m still trying to wake up from it. I was really excited last night just waiting, knowing it would be today. It’s been a dream for me to play for the Jazz ever since I was growing up watching them.”
Whether its in the G-League or the NBA Summer League, Rawson hopes to get a shot somewhere.
“Yeah, for sure,” he said. “I think my game can translate very well to the next level. Just being able to pass, dribble and be so versatile.”
“He can really shoot the ball,” Perrin said. “That’s a skill set that everybody is looking for, especially at his size.”
Richardson knows he’s a long shot to make an NBA roster, but thanks to guys like Damian Lillard, the small school stigma doesn’t exist anymore.
“Guys like Damian Lillard, CJ McCollum have really opened up the doors for mid-majors,” Richardson said. “If you can play, you can play. They’ll find you.”
This was Ogbe’s second workout with the Jazz, while Goodman was happy to get a call after finishing a productive career at Westminster College.
“I want to show them that even though I came from a D-II program, that I can still come in here and compete at a high level,” Goodman said. “I can still knock down shots, and I feel like I showed them a little bit of my NBA range.”
“They all have a chance to play somewhere,” Perrin said. “Is it in the league next year? Probably not, but we wanted to show them a little love and get them in for an NBA workout.”
The NBA Draft is June 21st.