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With Allonzo Trier’s announcement on Monday that he would be returning to Arizona for another season, the Wildcats now have plenty of talent at the shooting guard position with the possibility of adding more.
Trier’s importance can’t be understated when you consider that he was the best offensive player on the team as a freshman.
If his career trajectory is any indication, Trier is going to enter next season as an improved player, which is likely a major reason why he returned to school.
As strong as Trier is offensively, he still has some work to do. He can work on his spacing and there is always room to improve shooting.
Defensively, Trier made great strides this season, but there are more to be made. He can become better in pretty much every defensive area, though the skills and mentality are there.
In addition to Trier, Arizona will have Kadeem Allen at his natural position. Allen takes a lot of criticism because of his ball-handling ability, but to do that completely ignores the fact that he just isn’t a point guard.
Kobi Simmons and Parker Jackson-Cartwright allow Allen to play off the ball and despite that being his natural position, we never really got a close look at it this past season.
Allen was by far the best perimeter defender on last season’s team and that will likely continue to get him minutes.
He won’t handle the point unless it is an emergency situation and it will be interesting to see just how good Allen is when he is playing off the ball.
Rawle Alkins is the wildcard in all of this for a few reasons. For starters, there is still some concern about his ability to qualify.
With Trier coming back, those worries decrease dramatically because Arizona will be just fine regardless, but obviously you want a player as talented as Alkins to be able to play.
Alkins brings a mentality that Arizona badly needed last season, as the Wildcats consistently lacked toughness.
You can pick at Alkins’ game all you want, but it is nearly impossible to criticize his mental makeup as it relates to his toughness and New York City mentality.
There’s little doubt that Akins will get immediate playing time and the only question that surrounds that time is its quantity.
Not only does Arizona have those three players, but Terrance Ferguson is on the board as well and would likely get minutes at the two should he come to Arizona.
With the return of one player, the Wildcats’ deepest position may be at shooting guard, but they also have the ability to mix and match and play numerous positions, which is the type of versatility that Sean Miller seemingly always wants.