Alex Barcello

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Alex Barcello
Alex Barcello as BYU Junior during 2019-20 season.jpg
No. 4 – BYU Cougars
PositionPoint guard
LeagueWest Coast Conference
Personal information
Born (1998-08-31) August 31, 1998 (age 21)
Phoenix, Arizona
Listed height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High schoolCorona del Sol
(Tempe, Arizona)
Career highlights and awards
  • 2× Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year (2015, 2017)

Alex Barcello (born August 31, 1998) is an American college basketball player for the BYU Cougars of the West Coast Conference (WCC).

Early life[edit]

Barcello was born in the metropolitan area of Phoenix, Arizona, to Edward and Shelli Barcello, who were both former basketball players.[citation needed] Edward led the state in scoring his senior year at Phoenix Brophy Prep in 1987, graduating with more than 1,000 career points and second only to future Duke star and NBA player Mark Alarie (1982) as the school's all-time leading scorers.[citation needed] Shelli was the leading rebounder and second-leading scorer on Canyon del Oro's undefeated state championship girls team in 1986-87.[citation needed] Barcello started playing basketball when he was two. He grew up with his three sisters, Sarah, Amanda and Julia.[citation needed]

High school career[edit]

Barcello attended high school on the varsity basketball team in all four years at Corona del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona to win two state championship titles.[citation needed]

As a freshman in 2013–14, he averaged 25 points, 11 rebounds, 9.1 assists, 5 blocks, and 5 steals and led the school to a 34–1 record and a first state title.[citation needed] In his sophomore season, he led the school to a 33–1 record and a second state title, and the Aztecs were ranked the consensus No. 3 team in the nation and when he was teammates with No. 1 2018 player Marvin Bagley III, who later transferred.[citation needed] Arizona coach Miller offered Barcello a scholarship after he poured in 51 points in a game as a sophomore against Gilbert Perry and Markus Howard (Marquette).[citation needed]

In his junior season, in the state tournament, Barcello surpassed 1,000 points in only his second varsity season.[citation needed] He led his team to the Division I tournament as the top seed.[citation needed] In his senior season, Barcello scored 2,254 career points at Corona shooting over 55 percent from the field and almost 90 percent from the charity stripe.[citation needed] He tallied 31 points in his team’s win over Christ the King in the Hoophall Classic. He also advanced to the finals of American Family Insurance National 3-Point Shooting Competition. He averaged 24.2 ppg, 3.0 apg and 5.8 rpg.[citation needed]


Barcello was considered as one of the best players in the 2017 recruiting class by, and ESPN.[1][2] He was a consensus four-star prospect in the Class of 2017 and committed to play at Arizona over offers from Virginia, Butler, Indiana and Stanford.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Alex Barcello
Tempe, AZ Corona del Sol HS 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Aug 26, 2016 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 83
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout: #3   Rivals: #3  247Sports: #3  ESPN: #3
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.


  • "2017 Team Ranking". Retrieved August 26, 2016.

College and career[edit]

Arizona (2017–2019)[edit]

Freshman year[edit]

In his freshman year at Arizona, Barcello appeared in 21 games from his point guard position.[citation needed] He had a season high of 11 points in their victory over LBSU, which included three makes on four attempts from beyond the arc.[citation needed] He opened his collegiate career with a strong three-game run of 7.7 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game while shooting 58.3 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from three-point range.[citation needed] Alex scored knocked down a pair of critical baseline jumpers in their run in its win at Oregon State.[citation needed]

Sophomore year[edit]

In his sophomore season at Arizona, he played in 30 of 32 games for the Wildcats.[citation needed] He registered three double-digit scoring games, opened the season with seven points and three rebounds in 15 minutes against Houston Baptist (11/17). He erupted for 16 points on 6 of 10 shooting in 13 minutes against Georgia Southern (11/29).[citation needed] He scored six points in six minutes at California (1/12/19).[citation needed] He scored seven points in 12 minutes at UCLA (1/25/19). He scored 12 points in 18 minutes at Utah (2/14/19).[citation needed] He notched his third double-digit scoring game of the season versus California (2/21/19), scoring 14 points in 18 minutes, going 7 of 7 from the free throw line.[citation needed] He earned an C.A.T.S. Academics Student-Athlete of the Month for February.[citation needed]

BYU (2019–present)[edit]

Barcello announced he plans to transfer from Arizona for the 2019-20 NCAA season.[3] Former Arizona Wildcats guard Alex Barcello is transferring to BYU where he got a waiver and will play immediately.[citation needed]

Junior year[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field goal percentage  3P%  3-point field goal percentage  FT%  Free throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  Bold  Career high


2017–18 Arizona 21 0 9.6 .391 .308 .750 1.0 .9 .1 .0 2.4
2018–19 Arizona 30 0 9.6 .393 .292 .905 .9 .5 .3 .0 3.3
Career 51 0 9.6 .392 .297 .862 .9 .7 .3 .0 2.9

Accomplishments and awards[edit]

He received national honors including the (2x) Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year, Big School Boys Basketball Athlete of the Year, Arizona BCA Division I Player of the Year, and (2x) East Valley Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year.[citation needed]

High School
  • All-Arizona Division I boys basketball team (2015, 2016)[citation needed]
  • 2x Arizona Gatorade Player of the Year (2015, 2017)[citation needed]
  • Big School Basketball Boys Athlete of the Year (2017)[citation needed]
  • Arizona Basketball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year (2015)[citation needed]
  • 2x 6A Central League state champions (2015–16)[citation needed]
  • 2x East Valley Tribune Boys Basketball Player of the Year (2015–16)[citation needed]
  • All-East Valley Tribune Boys Basketball first team (2016)[citation needed]
  • High School Boys Basketball All-American honorable mention (2017)[citation needed]
  • FloHoops All-Peach Invitational First Team (2016)[citation needed]
  • FloHoops Peach Invitational MVP (2016)[4]

Personal life[edit]

He has three younger sisters that also play basketball named Sarah, Amanda and Julia.[citation needed]

Sarah who is playing at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York had a successful freshman season appearing in 33 games and starting 19.[citation needed] Prior to Marist, Sarah and the Seton Catholic Prep captured the first 4A Conference girls basketball state championship title leading to a 29-3 record.[citation needed]

Julia, who is now playing at Colgate, left Seton two years ago with more than 1,458 points and another state championship, leading the school to a 32-3 record.[citation needed] She holds the school's all-time rebounding (1,390) and blocked shots (282) records.[citation needed]


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