One of the west’s most productive guards in the 2017 class is Alex Barcello from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol.
Scout watched the 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard in action on Tuesday night in a 63-40 win over Brophy Prep and Barcello showed why he’s one of the most coveted juniors on the West Coast.
Barcello is best on the ball due to his handle and passing ability, but he’s a very good shooter off the bounce and is tough to defend due to the fact he’s fully capable of creating for teammates with his vision or knocking down pull-up jumpers.
Due to his size and scoring ability, Barcello will be able to play both guard positions on offense at the next level.
Scout’s 77th ranked 2017 prospect is pleased with how his game is coming along.
“I think I’m playing well,” Barcello said. “I’m getting my shot off quicker from last year and getting guys the ball in positions where they’re getting easier shots. I know their strengths and weaknesses so I try to work with that and make them better.”
The junior isn’t satisfied and is working hard at improving.
“Right now I’m really working on my release and trying to get it as quick as possible because I know that at the next level you’re not going to have as much time to get your shot off,” Barcello said.
“That’s one thing I’m working on but I’m also working on defense because at the next level you have to play both sides of the floor.”
Barcello has a lengthy scholarship offer list, which includes Arizona, Arizona State, Auburn, Colgate, DePaul, Grand Canyon, Memphis, New Mexico, Oregon, Providence, Santa Clara, Stanford, St. Mary’s, Tennessee, Utah, Vanderbilt, Virginia, Wake Forest and Washington State.
At this point, two schools are prioritizing him.
“Virginia and Stanford are on me really hard right now,” Barcello said.
“I went out and visited Virginia when I went out for the NBPA Camp. They took me around the campus and told me what they want me to be when I get there. They told me how I would run the team and how I’m a huge priority to them.
“I visited Stanford a couple months ago. They told me the same thing; they want me to come in and lead the team. Both schools have great coaching staffs and are down to earth and humble guys. I’m just looking for the best opportunity for me.”
The work that Virginia and Stanford have put into Barcello’s recruitment has paid off, as he says those are the schools currently in the lead for him.
“Yes, definitely,” he said. “They have the whole package in academics and athletics.”
While a couple schools are doing the best job with Barcello, he’s still open to others and not necessarily in a hurry to make a decision.
“I’m open to anything right now; I’m just looking for the best opportunity,” Barcello said. “Right now it’s in season so I’m just focused on that. I’m letting my dad take care of the colleges right now.
“After this year I’ll look over everything, sit down with my dad and look at what the best fit is for me.”