Freshman guard Allonzo Trier can flat our score. From an early age, he had an advanced offensive game that allowed him to dominate the prep competition.
But as he matured, so did his game. Trier isn’t just a shooter or slasher, he has the complete package on the offensive side.
His ability to put the ball in the hoop will hearken back to offensive juggernauts like Michael Dickerson, Gilbert Arenas, and Jerryd Bayless, yet he’s not quite like any of those players. Instead, “Iso Zo” brings a unique dimension to an Arizona team that has lacked a go-to scorer over the last few seasons.
Whether Trier becomes a go-to scorer in his freshman season remains to be seen, it’s not even a given that he will start at the beginning of the season with older guards like Gabe York and Kadeem Allen on the depth chart.
But what is undeniable is his talent. Most prognosticators have him pegged as a one-and-done or two-and-done player because of well his offensive skills should translate on the pro level. That talent is what will help him carve out a role as a freshman, and make him an integral part of the team.
When Arizona is forced into a grind it out type of game where points are hard to come by, Trier is the type of player that can put the offense on his back.
There were so many times in recent seasons where it seemed like the Wildcats struggled to score in tight games. Trier was made for those moments.
Another thing working in his favor is that at 6-4 with a solid frame, Trier also has ideal size for a college shooting guard. And with a pass-first, distributing point guard like Parker Jackson-Cartwright at the helm, the recipe for success is there.
And perhaps the biggest factor in his advantage is that he already has experience playing for Sean Miller. Miller coach the USA Men’s U18 team, which featured Trier among a host of other talented high school players. That experience with Miller’s practices, expectations, and coaching style gives him a leg up as a freshman learning a new system.
Surely, there will be some growing pains adjusting to the college level, particularly on the defensive end. But Trier’s scoring punch is so transcendent that it will keep him on the floor through the rough patches.
What Trier will need to work on most is finding his offense within the flow of the game. While he could simple isolate when his team needed points in high school, at Arizona the talent level around him will not necessitate that. Instead, Trier’s biggest hurdle will be translating his incredible one on one ability to a five man game.
There’s little doubt that Trier will become a McKale favorite with his tendency to light up the scoreboard. And on a team that has few proven offensive commodities, those scoring outbursts could be a frequent occurrence next season.