TUCSON, Ariz. – University of Arizona freshman guard Allonzo Trier will return to the Wildcats for his sophomore season in 2016-17, Trier and head coach Sean Miller have announced. Trier was a member of the 2016 Pac-12 All-Freshmen Team this past season while averaging 14.8 points per game.
"I am ecstatic about Allonzo’s decision to return to school for his sophomore year,” said head coach Sean Miller. “I believe he will become one of college basketball’s elite players next season. During our conversations, Allonzo shared his desire to be a leader on a championship team and to improve his overall game. By doing so, he puts himself in the best position possible for a very successful NBA future. I have not been around a player that works harder at the game or loves it more than he does. It’s this passion to be great that has all of us excited about our future together.”
Trier came to Tucson as the 21st McDonald’s All-American in program history after helping Team USA earn the gold medal in the 2015 U19 FIBA World Championships under the guidance of Coach Miller. Despite missing seven games during Pac-12 play with a hand injury, the Seattle native finished third among league freshmen in scoring while leading Pac-12 freshmen in free throw shooting at 79.3 percent.
The freshman guard eclipsed the 20-point mark in eight games in 2015-16. He erupted for 27 points in Arizona’s win over Fresno State on Dec. 9, 2015, which marked the most points scored by a UA freshman since Derrick Williams scored 28 during the 2009-10 season. Trier’s performance against the Bulldogs helped propel him to a Pac-12 Player of the Week award.
“After talking to Coach Miller and my family, I have decided to return to school for my sophomore season,” Trier said. “I am really excited about the quest to become a more complete player. I am also excited to develop as a leader and to lock arms with my teammates while competing for championships. I love being at the University of Arizona and can’t wait for next season to begin.”
The guard broke the 20-point mark in just his second collegiate game with 22 points versus Bradley. Trier’s play against the Braves included a perfect 14 of 14 showing at the foul line that tied for the second-best free throw performance in McKale Center history. His 22 points against the Braves also made Trier the second-fastest UA freshman to score 20 points in a game since Mike Bibby scored 22 points in his college debut against North Carolina on Nov. 22, 1996.
Trier was also a member of the Wayman Tisdale Freshman of the Year and Jerry West Award watch lists this past season. His 40 made three-point field goals tied Nick Johnson (2011-12) for the seventh most in UA freshman history.