It would not have been a surprise if Allonzo Trier had some rust upon returning to action, but Sean Miller is happy with how his star guard has looked so far.
“I’m really, really happy with him,” Miller said. “Missing 19 games is an odd thing. You come back to a team that is 17-2 and you really wonder how this whole thing is going to work.
“He’s embraced a number of things we fully expected him to do as far back as October. He is a much better ball handler and passer. He sees the court a lot better and plays with his teammates much easier.
“The game comes easier to him. He has roughly half the assists in three games that he did in 27 he played last year. He is also rebounding the ball as a guard as well as anybody. Defensively he has done a good job.”
Trier’s shot has been somewhat inconsistent, but that is an aspect of his game that Miller expects to return to normal.
“He has taken a couple bad shots and it’s not all his fault because a couple of them have been with like two seconds on the shot clock, but I think his percentage will start showing as well as he settles in and gets some good looks from three,” Miller said.
“I think the best is yet to come and as our team and him play together more it will be more seamless moving forward.”
It certainly seems like a possibility that Trier will be inserted back in the starting lineup this week.
“We’re looking at that right now,” Miller said. “I think in fairness to both Allonzo and our team, he is playing starter minutes and there’s no reason to not let that happen.
“Somebody is going to have to be taken out of the lineup and that’s not easy to do when you are 20-2. That is all part of the sacrifice we have to be able to make as a team and whoever that person is, it’s not like they are getting benched or Allonzo is so much better, it’s more along the lines that he is still going to be a valuable player, but at the beginning of both halves he won’t be in there.
“Whoever that person is, it doesn’t mean he did something wrong.”
In fact, Miller believes that Trier starting could improve the overall team chemistry.
“Substitution patterns are awkward when someone is playing 30 minutes and not a starting,” he said. “I actually think it could make our team’s chemistry better and our overall play more efficient if we make that change.”