After notably beginning his collegiate career at Arizona with a 1-10 shooting performance against Pacific, Allonzo Trier has quickly transitioned into Arizona’s most prolific scorer. Trier’s development and ability to acclimate to the college game so quickly has been remarkable.
Through four games, Trier was shooting 39% from the field and 20% from three-point range, while averaging 2 rebounds per game. In the six games since, Trier’s field goal percentage has risen steeply to 66% overall and 46% 3P%, respectively, with 3.5 boards per game.
With season averages of 13 points, 3 rebounds, and an assist per game (on 55% FG%, 32% 3P%, and 80% FT%), Trier is already an integral part of the Wildcat offense. Coach Miller continues to rave about Trier’s work ethic, attitude, and overall growth as a player and person.
Having just secured Arizona’s first Pac-12 Player of the Week award this season, it will be no surprise to see Trier challenge for Pac-12 Freshman of the Year at the end of the season (which would be the third consecutive Wildcat to win the award after Aaron Gordon and Stanley Johnson).
While the commencement of Trier’s potentially brief Arizona career has seemed to mirror that of Stanley Johnson (with a modest start before quickly gaining momentum as an essential part of the team), the recent Wildcat Trier’s game most closely parallels is Jerryd Bayless.
Like Bayless, Trier has an uncanny ability to finish at the rim while drawing fouls almost effortlessly. Trier has also recently begun to show the outside touch that Bayless exhibited during his on year stint in Tucson. As Trier isn’t a point guard and isn’t asked to create opportunities to score and garner assists like Bayless was, their assists are the only stat that differs significantly.
It is easy to see that Trier is getting much more comfortable with each outing. How long Trier remains at Arizona before moving on to fulfill his life long goal of reaching the NBA is a question for a later time. At this point, Arizona fans would do well to appreciate just how talented Trier is (there is a reason the New York Times anointed him a prodigy long ago).
As he continues to mold with his new teammates and grow more comfortable working off other key players like Gabe York, Ryan Anderson, Kadeem Allen, and Kaleb Tarczewski upon his return, the overall ceiling for this season will increase exponentially alongside Trier’s.