Five-star Oklahoma City shooting guard Allonzo Trier, who will be playing at Findlay Prep in Nevada next season, has started to draw interest from Kentucky head coach John Calipari after the player's tremendous showing this spring and summer.
In particular, Trier's ability to put the ball in the hole. In bunches.
"Right after USA trials, Coach Calipari started texting me," he said. "He told me he's been watching me a lot this summer and he really likes my game. He didn't get real specific about it, but he told me to keep up the good work, and that he'd be watching me the rest of the summer."/p>
And Trier's reaction?
"I thought it was great," he said. "It's a great program. I'm excited to hear more from him and get to know him a little better."
"I know (UK) is great with guards and developing pros," Trier added. "They let their guys create a lot. I like that. It's an offense that would fit me."
Trier also has heavy interest from Arizona, Baylor, Kansas, Louisville, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, SMU, Villanova, Indiana, Memphis and Washington, among others. He said he hasn't begun to trim his list or set up visits. "I need to get that nailed down sometime soon."
He is currently rated the No. 2 shooting guard and No. 15 prospect overall in the Class of 2015. Kentucky has offers out to two other highly-regarded shooting guards -- Malik Newman (No. 6 overall) and Antonio Blakeney (No. 20) -- in the senior class. The Cats are also showing interest in Eric Davis (No. 22). They have one commitment for 2015 to date, swingman Charles Matthews (No. 49) out of Chicago.
Scout national analyst Evan Daniels broke down Trier's game:
Trier projects as a power shooting guard. He already boasts a solid base and strong shoulders, and he utilizes his muscle to create space for jump shots. His jump shooting mechanics are nearly flawless. He releases a soft ball with a high arch and noticeable backspin. Trier lacks a supremely explosive first step, however, so he's unlikely to enjoy deference from opponents who prioritize stopping his jump shot.