Arizona coach Sean Miller got his 2017 point guard and he did not have to search far to land him, as 4-star guard Alex Barcello from Tempe announced Friday he will indeed become a Wildcat.
Barcello took to Twitter to announce his decision.
“Extremely blessed to announce my commitment to the University of Arizona,” he said on the social media site.
— Alex Barcello (@AlexBarcello23) August 27, 2016
Barcello also spoke with Evan Daniels of Scout.com about his decision to play for Arizona.
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“I felt like it was there 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, a 6’2”, 165-pound lead guard from Tempe, Arizona (Corona Del Sol High School) is rated as a 4-star recruit according to 247Sports. The site ranks him as the No. 80 overall prospect in the 2017 class and the 16th-best point guard in the country. 247Sports regards Barcello as the best basketball player in the state of Arizona.
Many pundits had this as a two-team race between Arizona and Virginia. Tony Bennett, who Barcello is often compared to, watched him closely all spring. Alas, Barcello wanted to stay home and play for Miller.
Barcello also had offers from Stanford, Butler, Arizona State, Auburn, Baylor, Colgate, Colorado, Creighton, DePaul, Grand Canyon, Indiana, Memphis, New Mexico, Oregon, Providence, Santa Clara, Saint Mary’s, USC, Utah, Wake Forest and Washington State. He was also receiving interest from Cal, Gonzaga, Marquette and Notre Dame.