Montrose Christian (Rockville, Md.) rising senior guard Allonzo Trier's first year in the DMV has been a memorable one, to say the least. A Washington State native who most recently lived in Oklahoma, the talented Trier enrolled at the Rockville, Md., power last fall and more than lived up to the hype.
The 6-foot-5, 185-pounder ended up averaging 25 points, six assists, two steals and a handful of rebounds for a Mustangs squad that finished 20-5 and claimed the National Christian Schools Athletic Association Division I title. To boot, Trier was named the all-metro player of the year and the Gatorade Player of the Year in Maryland.
"I know all about the talent in the DMV, so to be able to come in here and be recognized in my first year in here, that was really a great honor," Trier said of his Gatorade Player of the Year award. "It's not easy to win something like that, especially in this state, so it was truly a great accomplishment to now be listed among the best players who have come out of this area."
The fun didn't stop when Trier's high school season ended. He's currently lacing up with his Athlete's First AAU squad, which has played in several tournaments already. Trier said his team is 9-3 and he personally believes he's performing at a high level.
"It's been a really great offseason so far. I've been playing very well, and we've been very successful so far," Trier said. "I feel like I'm getting better, sharpening my game. I feel like if you work on everything in AAU ball, try to get everything you do a little better, it's going to translate and carry over [to the high school season]."
Of course, Trier's having just as much success off the court as on it. One of the area's fastest-rising recruits, he's recently added offers from UCLA, Connecticut, Louisville and Kansas. He also holds scholarships from the likes of Georgetown, Indiana, NC State, Maryland, Baylor, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, UNLV, Texas A&M and Washington.
"The main four in the last couple weeks were UConn, UCLA, Louisville and Kansas," he said. "And those offers meant a lot, obviously coming from some of college basketball's best programs. There's a lot of history and tradition at each of those places, and it's an honor that they want me in their programs. I'll definitely be considering them."
Trier said the programs that have remained in close contact, though, include NC State, Maryland, Georgetown, Arizona, North Carolina, Baylor and Texas A&M. He did not say which schools are pushing the hardest for him, however, noting that "everyone that's offered me is making a run. No one has really said more than anyone else right now."
While Trier is now being courted by some of college basketball's best, he said the Terps remain on his brain. Now that he's at Montrose, Trier has fairly easy access to UMD, and he's been in College Park, Md., a couple times since arriving in the area.
"Maryland is in touch quite a bit; I know they want me there," Trier said. "Their coaches have been telling me how I really fit their style and I'm what they need in a player. They say I can make a huge impact there and really can help them become a national contender again. And that's something to think about; I did like what I saw [at Maryland]."
Even though UMD missed postseason play and has had a fairly troublesome offseason, headlined by four players transferring out of the program, Trier said he still sees the Terps in a positive light. He noted how his recruiter, Dustin Clark, has talked to him about the state of Maryland basketball, and Trier believes UMD is heading in the right direction.
"I actually like a lot of things Coach Turgeon is doing over there and I think he's going to get them on track," Trier said. "I like Coach Turgeon, and I have a great relationship with Coach Clark.
"I also like their arena, I like their fans, and when I was there for the Syracuse game I had a great time. It's a great atmosphere around Maryland basketball."
Trier hasn't been back in College Park since that SU bout, and he doesn't have a return visit planned at the moment. He mentioned how there are a lot of other suitors he needs to see, and he's been to UMD enough to know what it's about.
"But I'll probably be back at some point. Maryland is really close by so it's no problem to get over there," Trier said.
As far as other trips, Trier doesn't have a firm schedule yet. Some schools that want him to come out, though, include Arizona, Georgetown, UCLA, NC State, UNC, Kansas, Baylor, Wake Forest, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. He has already visited UMD, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Washington.
"The schools I've seen before were all just local schools nearby. I saw Maryland and Georgetown this year, and when I lived in Oklahoma I saw Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. When I was in Washington I was able to see [the Huskies] as well," said Trier, who harped on the fact that he has no early standouts or leaders. "So there wasn't like a particular reason I chose to visit those schools or anything. They were just all close by."
While Trier is originally from the West Coast and spent a good amount of time in Oklahoma, he said he doesn't have any particular allegiances to certain areas. He mentioned that he could see himself playing anywhere in the country.
"Location is not going to deter me from going anywhere or be a factor in my decision. I'll play anywhere in the country as long as I fit in, have a great relationship with the coaches, have a chance to contribute early, and where they will use me to the best of my abilities," Trier said. "Also I want to be in a spot where I know they can win and I can help them win a championship-- that's very important."
Conference affiliation also isn't of primary concern. Trier noted that he didn't grow up wanting to play in the ACC, Big Ten or the like.
"If you look around college basketball now there's great teams and competition in every conference," he said. "And these teams move around so much, so you can't really base your decision off conference anymore. I mean Louisville is in the ACC now, UConn is in the AAC, Maryland is moving to the Big Ten."
As far as what position he'll be playing at the next level, Trier called himself a "lead guard." Basically, he's a combo who can handle the point if asked.
"Most schools like me at both guard spots. I can play point and I can play off the ball," Trier said. "I'm not a guy who is going to bring the ball up every play, but I can run your offense and handle the ball. All the schools like how I can score, like how I get after it defensively and like how I can make plays from either the 1 or the 2."
At this point, Trier has no idea when he will make his college decision. Don't expect it to be during the early signing period, though, as he has yet to see many of his top suitors.
"I really haven't paid as much attention to my recruiting as maybe I should have. Right now I'm just trying to enjoy my last summer of AAU basketball," Trier said. "So I'm thinking by late summer me and my mother will sit down and think all this [recruiting] through."
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