Alex Barcello is off to a hot start in the 2020-21 college basketball season, and it’s earning him attention on the national scene.

College Hoops Today’s Jon Rothstein was the latest to shine a light on the BYU senior guard.

“Could an All-American emerge from the WCC at a school other than Gonzaga? Don’t rule it out of the realm of possibility if Barcello continues to play at his current level,” Rothstein wrote. “The 6-foot-2 guard has fully taken over the role that TJ Haws played last season for the Cougars, thriving at the point of attack while also doing everything else that’s associated with winning.”

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Barcello, a transfer from Arizona, has stepped into a larger role for the Cougars this season and is averaging 16.9 points, 4.8 assists and 4.6 rebounds per game this season. He’s scored 20 or more points six times and is shooting 60.9% from the field. Barcello’s been most impressive from 3-point range, where he’s shooting 63%, fourth nationally.

Barcello also leads the Cougars in assists (53) and is tied for the team lead in rebounding (51).

“There’s absolutely no way that BYU would be 9-2 without him,” Rothstein said. 

The Cougars open West Coast Conference play this week with a two-game California road trip — at Pepperdine Thursday and at San Diego Saturday.