Utah is looking at a significant rebuild for the 2018-19 season after graduating four starters from the team that reached the NIT Championship Game. The fifth starter, guard Sedrick Barefield, put his name into the NBA draft, making it so the Utes were facing the possibility of having to replace their entire lineup.
Instead, coach Larry Krystkowiak must only find four new starters. Tony Jones of the Salt Lake Tribune is reporting Barefield has informed Utah’s coaching staff he intends to return for his senior season.
The 6-foot-2 Barefield averaged 12.0 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists last season for Utah, starting 24 games. He shot 40.1 percent from the field and 35.4 percent from 3-point range, scoring 22 points in the Utes’ loss to Penn State in the NIT Championship.
Barefield did not receive an invite to the 2018 NBA Draft Combine earlier this month in Chicago. Since he did not hire an agent, he was allowed to withdraw from the draft and return to school as long as he did so by the Wednesday deadline.