"I felt like it was the right fit, right when I got on campus," Barcello said. "The guys were great. I have a close connection with coach [Sean] Miller and the whole coaching staff. They've been great and competing for final fours and national champions. That's my goal. I can do that here and develop my game for the way I want."
Barcello made his pledge to Sean Miller on the first day of his official visit to the school. Barcello, a native of Tempe (Ariz.) and standout at Corona Del Sol, had previously taken official visits to Butler and Stanford. Virginia and Indiana were the other two schools in his final list of five.
"Starting out in high school, I wouldn't have thought but towards end of the summer I knew it was close to home and in-state, but I wanted to see other schools," Barcello said when asked if he thought he'd end up at Arizona. "Once I got on campus I knew it. I'm super excited and give all my thanks to God."
When did he know Arizona was the place for him?
"I would say 100 percent it was today as I was going around campus and with the guys last night," he said. "It's the perfect fit I believe."
Barcello also liked that Miller had so much success at his position when he was a player.
"It factored a lot into it," he said about Miller's knowledge of the position. "Being at the point guard position I have to have a good relationship with him because I'm an extension of him on the floor. He knows what I have to do to get the next level and he's gonna help me do that and we are going to win championships along the way."
Playing for the Oakland Soldiers in the EYBL, Barcello, who checks in at 6-foot-2, 170-pounds, averaged 18.9 points, while shooting 45-percent from the field on 239 shot attempts. Barcello also averaged 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 assists during the 16 league games.
This marks the first verbal pledge of Arizona's 2017 recruiting class. The Wildcats, who have signed a top 10 class each of the last six years, are expected to attempt to sign four more prospects in this class.
As a freshman and sophomore, Barcello played a significant role in helping Corona Del Sol win state championships.
Barcello is regarded as the No. 86 overall prospect and the No. 19 point guard in the 2017 class.