Butler 2013 Yearbook: Alex Barlow

InsideTheDawgPound breaks down Alex Barlow's 2012-13 season and looks forward to 2013-14.

In the Butler Yearbook feature, InsideTheDawgPound will take a look at each player on the roster heading into the new school year and season. We analyze last season's performance and where the player could be headed during the upcoming season.

Next up in the 2013 Yearbook is guard Alex Barlow.


 

Alex Barlow

#3 - Junior - 5-foot 11, 185 pounds

Cincinnati, OH

2012-13 Final Stats

PPG – 2.3

Total Points – 80

RPG – 2.7

Total Rebounds – 94

Offensive Rebounds – 14

Defensive Rebounds – 80

APG – 1.9

Total Assists – 67

BPG – 0.2

Total Blocks – 6

SPG – 1.2

Total Steals – 42

Shooting Stats

FGA – 58

FGM - 25

FG% - 43.1

3PA – 32

3PM – 8

3PT% - 25.0

FTA – 30

FTM – 22

FT% - 73.3

Total Fouls – 91

Average Minutes – 19.4

Games Played – 35

Games Started – 23

2012-13 Season in Review: Barlow has become a fan favorite due to his work ethic and hard nose defense. The former walk-on is Butler's defense stopper. He takes on guards of all sizes and tries to frustrate them with his pesky defensive positioning and non-stop motor. Outside of Roosevelt Jones, Barlow is Butler's best defender.

Last season Barlow found himself starting 23 of Butler's 35 games and became a staple for Brad Stevens in his starting lineup. He averaged just under 20 minutes per game and increased his scoring average to 2.3 points per game. However, it isn't the scoring that Barlow is noted for, it's his defense. Barlow collected 2.7 rebounds per game and pilfered 1.2 steals per game, which led the team.

Barlow's signature game last season came against Gonzaga where he scored 5 points, grabbed 4 rebounds, snatched 2 steals, and collected 6 assists.

2013-14 Season Preview: Barlow has transformed himself from a walk-on to scholarship player and he is truly worthy of that achievement. He has put in a lot of hard work and has displayed leadership over the past year.

Barlow does need to improve his offensive ability so that teams cannot sag off of defensively, like they have done in the past against former Bulldog point guard Ronald Nored. He shot just 25% from 3-point range (8/32), which was an improvement in his aggressiveness and willingness to shoot form his freshman season (0/4), but still could use improvement.

The junior will be playing along side Kellen Dunham for much of the season, but will also need to tutor young guards Elijah Brown, Rene Castro, and Devontae Morgan. If his offensive prowess and threat to the opposition doesn't improve, Barlow could lose some playing time to Jackson Aldridge or other guards that can be a threat offensively.

Look for Barlow to be a little more aggressive offensively, lead a young Bulldog team, and continue to garner the most difficult defensive assignment for the Bulldogs. With his experience and leadership ability, Barlow will be an important cog for the Butler team this season.


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