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Alex Barcello stays in-state and pops for Arizona

6′-3″ guard Alex Barcello of Corona Del Sol (AZ) won’t be going far for college, as the talented lead guard announced his pledge to Arizona on Friday.

Barcello is a top 100 prospect in the 2017 class, and Arizona’s first recruit for the 2017 cycle.

In early August, Barcello narrowed his list to Butler, Indiana, Stanford and Virginia, along with the Wildcats.

The Wildcats likely have plenty of perspective on what Barcello can contribute, as he starred each high school season in one of Arizona’s premier high school basketball programs. Barcello was especially successful as a junior, as he averaged 23 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two steals.

Barcello is capable of contributing in either guard slot for Arizona, though from analyzing their roster it’s apparent depth at point guard is more necessary at this point in time. Still, Barcello can stretch defenses as he can nail long range shots, in addition to being able to distribute the ball.

Arizona Scholarship Grid

Position2016-20172017-20182018-20192019-2020
Point GuardsParker Jackson-Cartwright (Jr)Parker Jackson-Cartwright (Sr)Kobi Simmons (Jr)Kobi Simmons (Sr)
Kobi Simmons (Fr)Kobi Simmons (So)Alex Barcello (So)Alex Barcello (Jr)
Alex Barcello (Fr)
WingsKadeem Allen (Sr)Allonzo Trier (Jr)Allonzo Trier (Sr)Ray Smith (Sr)
Talbott Denny (Sr)Ray Smith (So)Ray Smith (Jr)Dylan Smith (Sr)
Allonzo Trier (So)Dylan Smith (So)Dylan Smith (Jr)Rawle Alkins (Sr)
Dylan Smith (Tr)Rawle Alkins (So)Rawle Alkins (Jr)
Ray Smith (Fr)
Rawle Alkins (Fr)
PostsDusan Ristic (Jr)Dusan Ristic (Sr)Chance Comanche (Sr)Lauri Markkanen (Sr)
Keanu Pinder (Jr)Keanu Pinder (Sr)Lauri Markkanen (Jr)DeAndre Ayton (Jr)
Chance Comanche (So)Chance Comanche (Jr)DeAndre Ayton (So)
Lauri Markkanen (Fr)Lauri Markkanen (So)
DeAndre Ayton (Fr)

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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