Tyson Jex | Posted: 2 Mar 2022 | Updated: 21 Mar 2022

Barcello, Traore earn All-WCC honors

main image
Image
2022 MBB WCC Honors-Web Cover.jpg

SAN MATEO, Calif. – BYU’s Alex Barcello and Fousseyni Traore earned All-West Coast Conference recognition Wednesday, with Barcello earning first team honors for the second straight season and Traore being named to the All-WCC freshman team.

Barcello has established himself as one of the top 3-point shooters in the nation ranking fourth in the nation in 3-point percentage. The senior guard from Chandler, Ariz. is averaging 17.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.1 assists while shooting 45.7 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from 3-point range and 88.6 percent from the free throw line.

The program’s all-time leader in 3-point percentage, Barcello has scored in double figures 23 times this season including a career-high 33-point performance at Pepperdine. He went 9-of-10 from 3-point range, which is the second-most by a Cougar in a single game in program history.

Traore has had one of the best freshman seasons in program history as the 6-foot-6 forward is averaging 9.0 points, 8.4 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game, shooting 57.2 percent from the field and 75.0 percent from the free throw line. Entering postseason play, he ranks third in the WCC in rebounds per game and fourth in blocks per game.

The native of Bamako, Mali has recorded seven double-doubles, tied for the second-most by a freshman in program history, including a 25-point, 19-rebound performance against Pepperdine in the regular season finale.

The Cougars will play in the second round of the 2022 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament on Friday, March 4, at 7 p.m. MST. BYU – the No. 5 seed – will play the winner of Thursday’s first round matchup between Pacific and Loyola Marymount.

 

Player of the Year: Drew Timme, Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Randy Bennett, Saint Mary's
Defensive Player of the Year: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
Newcomer of the Year: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
Sixth Man of the Year: Tommy Kuhse, Saint Mary's
2021-22 All-WCC Men’s Basketball First Team
Name Yr. Pos. School
Alex Barcello Sr. G BYU
Jamaree Bouyea  Jr. G San Francisco 
Chet Holmgren Fr. F Gonzaga
Tommy Kuhse Sr. G Saint Mary's
Yauhen Massalski Sr. F San Francisco
Andrew Nembhard Sr.  G Gonzaga
Matthias Tass Sr. F/C Saint Mary's
Drew Timme Jr. F Gonzaga
Josip Vrankic Sr. F Santa Clara
Jalen Williams Jr. G Santa Clara
2021-22 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Second Team
Name Yr. Pos. School
Alex Ducas Jr. F Saint Mary's
Logan Johnson So. G Saint Mary's
Keshawn Justice Sr. F Santa Clara
Tyler Robertson So. G Portland
Eli Scott Sr. G/F LMU
Khalil Shabazz Sr. G San Francisco
2021-22 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Freshman Team
Name Pos. School
Nolan Hickman G Gonzaga
Chet Holmgren F Gonzaga
Maxwell Lewis F Pepperdine
Houston Mallette  G Pepperdine
Wayne McKinney III  G San Diego
Mike Mitchell Jr. G Pepperdine
Fousseyni Traore F BYU
2021-22 WCC Men’s Basketball Honorable Mention Selections
Gonzaga: Rasir Botlon, Julian Strawther
Pacific: Jeremiah Bailey
San Diego: Marcellus Earlington
Portland: Moses Wood