Allonzo Trier is one of the most explosive scorers in the country. The 6-foot-4 Findlay Prep guard has no problem scoring from anywhere on the court, and his high-octane offense is something Arizona has not had in awhile.“It will be an adjustment for both Trier and Arizona,” Scout.com's Josh Gershon said. “It’s a different game when you reach the college level and there will be a learning curve for Allonzo.
“There’s a learning curve for Sean Miller too. Just as Trier will be learning to play with more talented guys than he has in the past within the confines of Miller's system, Miller will have the best scoring natural shooting guard he's had in a while."
Arizona is expected to lose a lot of talented players after this season. There will be a lot of questions surrounding next year’s team and if they can compete for a title.
Gershon isn’t quite sure how good the Wildcats will be, but he feels Trier could see some significant minutes early on.
“Allonzo is a talented scoring threat,” Gershon said. “If Arizona hits its potential next season it will because Trier is starting at shooting guard and scoring efficiently while also doing a good job on defense.
“His ability on offense is his strongest point to his game, but defensively he has some growing to do. The good news for Arizona is that he has already made strides in becoming a better defender. He studies Arizona’s schemes and is really improving.
“Trier has quick enough feet and is athletic enough to be a good defender. It’s on him to apply himself on every defensive possession and learn Miller's defense, because if he can't consistently defend, he won't play the minutes he's probably hoping for.
With four highly touted prospects coming to Tucson next fall, it is natural to wonder how well they will be able to play together.
“All four kids that Arizona signed in this class are good kids," Gershon said. "They came to Arizona to compete for a title. I don't think there will be any big issues with chemistry with this group, knowing their personalities."
While many college shooting guards hope to eventually be point guards, if Trier is going to be successful in college, it likely is because of his ability to play at the two.
“Players that learn to be a point guard when they were a naturally twos are usually NBA All-Stars,” said Gershon. “Allonzo, while he does have good vision, is a really talented scorer and his approach to the game is to put up points. If he can do that efficiently, while also defending, he'll have a successful career.