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Former Arizona point guard Alex Barcello announces transfer to BYU

By Sean Walker, | Posted - Aug. 1, 2019 at 3:01 p.m.

PROVO — BYU basketball has found its point guard of the future.

Former Arizona guard Alex Barcello announced his intent to transfer to Provo with a tweet Thursday, ending a transfer saga for the one-time prime recruit from the Grand Canyon State.

"I'm thankful and excited for this opportunity to be a apart of such a great University and basketball program," he tweeted Thursday, a day after several reports began leaking of his impending transfer. "Can't wait to get to work!"

The news was first reported Wednesday by the Locked on Cougars podcast.

A former four-star recruit from Corona Del Sol High School in Tempe, Arizona, Barcello played two seasons at Arizona under head coach Sean Miller. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound point guard appeared in 30 games for the Wildcats as a sophomore in 2018-19, averaging 3.5 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

Barcello was primarily a backup with the Wildcats, but his play increased significantly when Brandon Williams was sidelined with a knee injury. That included 12 points in 18 minutes against Utah back on Feb. 14, one of just three occasions in which he scored in double figures (Georgia Southern and UCLA were the other opponents).

"I want to say thank you to the University of Arizona and the fans for these past two amazing years," Barcello tweeted when announcing his intention to transfer. "But I have decided it’s in my best interest to move in a direction that’s best for myself and my family."

Barcello will likely sit out the 2019-20 season with a redshirt, making him the odd’s on favorite to be the starting point guard when TJ Haws graduates from BYU. The only other point guard still in the program is Blaze Nield, the Lehi product who spent his freshman season at Utah State University-Eastern in Price, though potential starting shooting guard Jesse Wade also ran the point at nearby Davis High School.

Sean Walker

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