Trier looking to make big impact

CHICAGO - Allonzo Trier will head to Arizona with big expectations for himself after a successful senior season at Findlay Prep.

With the expected loss of Stanley Johnson, Arizona’s perimeter will need scoring help next season and will get it with Allonzo Trier.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound shooting guard from Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep is one of the nation’s top scorers and hopes to further prove himself this week in Chicago.

“I want to go out there, show my competitive nature, play hard and show that I’m a winner,” Trier said.

Trier has had a successful senior season for Findlay Prep, one in which he feels he’s made progress as a player.

“I think I’ve improved my efficiency,” Trier said. “I’ve gotten better knowing what’s a good shot and what’s a bad shot. I’ve learned to play off the ball and focused on the defensive end and being locked in at all times.

“I had my ups and downs but I’ve had a lot more ups than downs this year. I think I had a great senior year and put myself in position to be successful in college.”

The five-star prospect spent a lot of time watching Arizona games this season, trying to speed up his readiness for college.

“I definitely spent a ton of time studying the team and preparing to get there,” he said. “I think it’s paid off in how I played during my senior season and I think I’ll be just fine when I get there.

“I talk to the coaches about things I see, about things I saw in the game, what I’ll do in those situations next year and they tell me to keep paying attention and focusing on things and I’ll be ready when I get there.”

Between Trier’s progress as a senior and what he’s learned from the UA coaches, he feels he’s prepared to make a big impact as a freshman.

“I think I’m ready right now but I can always get better in every area,” Trier said. “They’re expecting me to have a big role. I’m going to have to compete hard with all their guys so I can make the kind of impact I want to have.”

Between Ray Smith, Justin Simon and Chance Comanche, Trier is headed to Tucson with some talented players and it’s something he’s excited about.

“I’ve talked to the other guys and we’re ready to play together,” said Trier. “We have a great, unselfish group of guys and I think it will transition well to the court.

“We lose a bunch of people so we’re going to have big roles but we’ll be ready to go to work when we step on campus.”

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