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Arizona Wildcats recruiting profile: Alex Barcello

Ira Lee, Alex Barcello, Brandon Randolph. DeAndre Ayton (Photo via Arizona Athletics, on Twitter)

Ira Lee, Alex Barcello, Brandon Randolph. DeAndre Ayton (Photo via Arizona Athletics, on Twitter)

Once Sean Miller spoke about point guard signee Alex Barcello having similar qualities to former UA star T.J. McConnell, you had an idea that the kid is going to be pretty good.

Barcello is also athletic — not to the extent of, say, ex-Arizona guard Nick Johnson, but similar, some say. A combination of McConnell and Johnson would be just fine.

“He has a fire inside of him and a toughness and love of the game,” Miller said. “I’m elated to have him.”

Barcello, from Tempe Corona Del Sol, is a solid playmaker who can shoot the 3-pointer and can make free throws.

“The game has changed, and the 3-point shot is valued more than ever before,” Miller said. “We recognize that. When you recruit a perimeter player you certainly want to have that.”

Barcello, 6-foot-1, has helped Corona Del Sol to two state titles.

“He has the makings to be an incredible leader,” Miller said.

Arizona signs four ‘love-the-game’ players in strong class

Arizona’s recruiting class

National rankings from 247Sports,,, ESPN and the 247Sports Composite, which weights the rankings from several major recruiting services.

Click on the other recruits’ names for their recruiting profile:

Signee 247 Rivals Scout ESPN 247C
DeAndre Ayton 2 1 1 1 1
Brandon Randolph 37 52 38 40 38
Ira Lee 32 59 80 69 58
Alex Barcello 102 103 86 94 80

Straight from Miller

‘Our’ scout says …

Friend of the site Matt Moreno, who runs on the Rivals network, said this about Barcello:

“Sean Miller made the comparison that he’s kind of a mix between Nick Johnson and T.J. You see elements of each of those guys in his game. He’s a much better scorer than T.J. ever was and is. He’s had games when he can shoot it and go for 50. Shoots it well. When he is really on, he can hit from all over the floor. But he’s talked about his leadership as a point guard; that is what he wants to be known for — running a team and being the guy who is in charge of a team. Defensively, he’ll work hard. He’s non-stop energy, non-stop movement.”

Straight from Barcello

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