What kind of player is Arizona getting in Top 100 PG Alex Barcello?

Arizona landed Scout's 86th ranked 2017 prospect in Alex Barcello. Scout breaks down his game.

Arizona is on the board in 2017 with the commitment of Alex Barcello.

A 6-foot-2, 170-pound point guard from Tempe (Ariz.) Corona del Sol, Barcello is Scout’s 86th ranked prospect in the class.

He’s a player who Sean Miller and staff coveted given his character, talent and likeliness of being a kid who makes a big impact on the program over four years.

What kind of player is Arizona getting in Barcello?

A versatile combo guard with a well-rounded offensive game for his age, Barcello has a good combination of feel and skill. He's a point guard who can play off the ball as well given his sturdy 6-foot-1 frame and ability to shoot the ball, especially off the bounce.

He's a shoot-first point guard, sometimes to a fault, but he's made strides here and he's productive enough as a shooter where his approach to the game isn't too big of an issue. While shoot-first, Barcello does possess above average vision and has the handle and passing ability to run an offense.


He's efficient for a guard and competitive with a plus motor and is coachable, attributes which carry over to the defensive end of the floor as well. He doesn't have a high athletic ceiling, with a body type that may get less fluid as he ages.

While somewhat crafty, he has a limited first step when projecting long term that makes him somewhat guardable by high level athletes and that makes his ultimate upside somewhat limited.

That said, Barcello keeps getting better, which speaks to his work ethic and approach to the game, and the fact that he can play both the one and the two gives him a lot of value.

He projects as a productive high major combo guard who could absolutely end up an all-league player in the Pac-12.


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