The Associated Press released its college basketball All-American team Tuesday morning and BYU guard Alex Barcello was named an honorable mention. Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert made the first team and teammates Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme made the second team.
Barcello was a First Team All-WCC selection and led BYU in points, assists and steals. Barcello averaged 15.9 ppg, 4.7 apg, 4.7 rpg and 1 steal. He shot 52.2% from the field, 48.6% from three and 85.6% from the foul line. The senior guard bumped up all his averages from his junior year prior while still maintaining or exceeding last year’s already high efficiency. Barcello went from the fourth option on last year’s team to the focal point of this year’s offense.
Barcello will be making the second NCAA Tournament appearance of his career. He was on Arizona’s 2017-2018 tourney team his freshman year but did not play in the Wildcats first round loss.
Barcello could very well graduate and play professional basketball after this season, but he has the opportunity to use the NCAA’s “free” year and return to BYU next season. Seniors that do this won’t count against the 13-scholarship limit (unless they are transferring to another program). We’ll find out more after the tournament, but don’t be surprised to see Barcello take advantage of this and return to Provo for one more year.