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What Allonzo Trier Brings to Arizona

August 5th, 2014 News 3 Comments

Martin Hayvush

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.

With the commitments of Justin Simon and Ray Smith, Arizona got a huge boost in versatility. Both of those guys are utility players who can do a little bit of everything on the court.

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.

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  1. john t.

    August 6, 2014

    Looking forward to this young man’s days as a Wildcat. I may just be allowing wishful thinking to override the inevitable, but I have the sense that Zues will come back for his senior year regardless of how 14-15′ plays out. I think he’s enjoying college and wants to graduate with his class. It’s my understanding that he will be part of the Eller School of Business and he may not want to forfeit that for an early jump to the league. If he were to stay and front court players like Victor and Ristic step up, and Pitts proves too good to keep off the floor — the 15′ class might make for a blend that spells big time Dance Run / NC.

  2. LWash

    August 6, 2014

    I have watch this young man play on several videos. I am imprseed with his ability to be a team player but yet be a scorer. His maturity on the floor is very impressive to watch. I love to see his aggressiveness on the floor. He has the mentality of you cannot beat me.

  3. mvpreed2

    August 16, 2014

    Our 2015 is going to be able to come in and snag a lot of minutes left open by a mass exodus of players that we expect to head to the NBA.
    I’m counting as many as six players from this 2014 team not being on the team in 2015 either by graduation or early departure.
    Miller should just try and bring in an entire starting five in 2015 that way he won’t have to worry about replacing anyone haha.

    Clearly I was joking but that is exactly what could happen if we see all four of our starters (TJ will be a RS Senior) head to the NBA.
    We would need to find an entire new starting five.

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