Trier is an Elite Talent on UMD's Radar

There's a lot of new things going on at perennial hoops power Montrose Christian. The Mustangs have a new coach in Bryan Bartley, a bunch of new players, and a new philosophy in terms of how the program is going to move forward. We spoke to Coach Bartley on a number of topics recently.

There's a lot of new things going on at perennial hoops power Montrose Christian. The Mustangs have a new coach in Bryan Bartley, a bunch of new players, and a new philosophy in terms of how the program is going to move forward. We spoke to Coach Bartley on a number of topics recently.

"I got the job on August 16th," said Bartley, a New York native, who formerly coached at Auburn. "Obviously, that didn't give us a lot of time to get the program up and running. But we were able to attract some players based on the contacts I've made in the past. Clearly, we had to bring in some upperclassmen that could help us win now. But quick fixes like that are not how I plan to build this program.

"I want to build this program from the ground up. By that, I mean I want to bring in seventh and eighth grade kids and watch them grow and develop as students and athletes. Not everyone is cut out to be a Montrose kid. This is a Christian school, and anyone we bring in has to buy into that Christian philosophy. We want to build a great program here, but we also want to develop great young men in the process."

One of those great young men also may turn out to be a great basketball player. The focal point of the program at the moment is junior Allonzo Trier, who's originally from Seattle, but moved to the DMV from Oklahoma. Bartley is very high on this young man's potential.

"The bottom line with Allonzo is that he's an elite scorer," said Bartley. "He's got excellent size and strength (6-4 1/2, 198 pounds), he is a tremendous athlete, and he can score from anywhere on the floor.

"Allonzo is an outstanding 3-point shooter, can score in the mid-range game, and can take the bump and finish at the rim. He can play some point, but that takes away from his strengths. He's a two-guard in college, and he's built to score the basketball.

"Allonzo can create separation, and when he does, he knows how to finish the play. What I hope to do after the season, is find a big time point guard to go with him. That's a big need right now. I'd like to have the best backcourt in high school basketball."

Bartley thinks a lot of Trier, the young man, as well.

"Allonzo's a long way from home," said Bartley. "He was being home schooled back in Oklahoma, and could have continued that route, so coming here has been quite a transition for him, academically, socially and basketball wise, but he's responded very well.

"He's a very coachable kid and wants to be great. I like the fact that he soaks up knowledge very well, and believe me, the young man's a true gym rat. Allonzo is totally focused on his team and the season. He's not looking too far down the road. He goes to class, he goes to practice, and he goes home."

Trier, who is averaging about 28 points per game for the Mustangs, is being recruited by schools from coast to coast, said Bartley.

"Lots of schools have indicated an interest, and many are making offers," said Bartley. "But recruiting is not something he is concerned about at all right now."

Bartley did add though that,"Oh yeah, both Maryland and Georgetown have been here to the school, and it's fair to say both are very interested in Allonzo, and both say they will be recruiting him hard."

Allonzo Trier does a lot of things well, but in the end, he gets buckets. Most recruiting services have him as a top 40 national prospect.

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