Last week Arizona continued to do groundwork for future recruiting classes, offering a scholarship to 2017 Corona Del Sol (AZ.) point guard Alex Barcello. The guard has been hard at work during his high school season.
"My high school season is going well," Barcello said. "We've been working hard and putting a lot of work in. Everyone is going to give us their best shot, so we just have to make sure that we don't have any off games. I just try to go out and give it 100-percent every time and leave everything on the floor.
"We want to win that state title again. That's what we have our eyes set on and we don't want anything else."
Even though Barcello is young, he has already began to to become a leader for his team.
"I have some really great players that surround me," he said. "There are some very talented guys on my team. At times, it is difficult, but I just have to find it in me and be a leader for the team. We all just need to come together and be on the same level, so that we can play together on the floor. It's a little bit difficult, but I can handle it."
The point guard believes that he already brings plenty to the team, but isn't opposed to doing more if it helps his team win.
"I think I bring leadership to the team," Barcello said. "I can get guys open looks, I can knock down shots and get to the basket. Whatever it takes to win, I'll do it and find a way to be successful."
Barcello still has two and a half seasons left in high school and hasn't given much thought to his recruitment yet.
"My recruitment has been going well and picking up recently," he said. "I try not to focus on it too much. I don't want to get too caught up in it right now. I just want to keep working hard every day and not let that aspect get in the way."
It may become a difficult task for the guard as his stock is rising and big time offers are slowly starting to pour in.
"Arizona is close to home and it is also a top ten school every year. They compete at the highest level and I want to compete at the highest level."
Barcello was honored by the offer from Arizona, but is still trying to keep things in perspective.
"Sean Miller came out to a few games and he was the one who offered me on the phone, but Coach Book and Coach Stoudamire have been to see me multiple times," he said. "I'm an even keeled guy and I try not to show too much emotion because I like to stay humble.
"When Coach Miller told me that they were offering me a scholarship, I told him I greatly appreciated it and that it is going to make me continue to work harder so that I can continue to be successful."
An ACC school also offered the point guard and stands out alongside the Wildcats.
"Virgina stands out to me as well as Arizona," Barcello said. "They are another top ten type team and they compete in the ACC. They play a tough defense and really get after it.
"There are a couple other schools that I thought could be close to offering, but I haven't talked to them in a while."
While the recruiting process is still new to Barcello, he has a good idea of what his is looking for in his future school.
"Right now I am just trying to be open with everything and the whole process," he said. "I'm looking for what is going to be the best fit for me. I need to go somewhere that is going to help me get better and help me achieve my goals.
"I'm looking for an uptempo game. I've always wanted to get up the floor quickly and get easy baskets. That's where I play my best game. I can drive to the hole or pull up for a jump shot or even find a guy for a layup or dunk."
To learn more about the schools recruiting him and the whole process, Barcello has turned to his coaches and another face that is familiar with the Arizona program.
"I mostly talk to my coaches about recruiting and sometime soon, I'll talk to Jerryd Bayless, my club coach, about it," Barcello said. "He's in the middle of his season right now, so I haven't talked to him recently.
"He went to Arizona and has told me a little about them, but not a whole lot. We'll see what he has to say once the summer rolls around. "
Don't count on Barcello making an early decision or having a timeline just yet, but once the summer ends, he should have a better idea of how his recruitment will play out.
"I don't think I'm going to commit early to any schools because I really haven't thought about it that much," he said. "We'll see about it next year because I will have gone through another summer, but right now I just don't know because I haven't given it much thought."