People are starting to get excited about Arizona’s 2015 recruiting class, which already claims three top recruits, the latest being shooting guard Allonzo Trier. If you haven’t checked out Trier’s profile in our recruiting database already, make sure to click that link.
Trier, on the other hand, brings a different element to the game. He specializes in scoring, by far his greatest strength. With two well-rounded players in Simon and Smith already in tow, adding a go-to scorer makes for a nice blend of skill sets.
Arizona hasn’t had a scorer like Trier since Jerryd Bayless, who averaged 19.7 points per game as a freshman before heading to the NBA. Trier is that good at putting the ball in the hoop. He’s hard-wired to score, and can do so from anywhere on the court. And like Bayless, he excels at drawing contact and getting to the free throw line.
His scoring ability might also be reminiscent of Gilbert Arenas, who truly blossomed as a scorer in the NBA but was a potent weapon on a couple loaded Arizona teams. Like Arenas, Trier excels in isolation situations where his scoring instincts are on full display.
If you’re a fan of offense, Trier will be fun to watch. He has a variety of one on one moves and can create his own shot seemingly at any time.
Trier projects as the type of player who can carry an offense and be the guy to bail his team out of late clock situations. Arizona’s offensive system doesn’t rely too heavily on any one player, but Trier is the caliber of scorer that will help dig them out of any offensive stagnation.
Though Arizona has boasted some of the most stout defense in the country over recent years, one area they have struggled in is scoring when the game tightens up. Some of Arizona’s toughest losses in the past few years have been when they just couldn’t find a way to score.
Those teams would have benefited greatly from having a truly elite scorer. Trier was born to play that role.
So how does he fit into Arizona’s future?
Without getting too far ahead of ourselves, it’s more than possible that Arizona sees a mass exodus to the NBA after this season. The Wildcats could potentially lose all five of their likely starters to the 2015 NBA Draft, with Stanley Johnson, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, Brandon Ashley, and Kaleb Tarczewski all being probable first round picks.
That’s what makes this 2015 recruiting class so important. Potentially any of Trier, Smith, or Simon could step in from day one and play meaningful roles. They might have to.
If Arizona is forced to reload in 2015, Trier’s scoring ability will be crucial to forming a new team identity.