The Arizona Wildcats are quietly on their way to potentially assembling the top recruiting class of 2015 after landing their third five-star recruit in Allonzo Trier. The scary part is that a few of the other top-30 prospects are also still considering the Wildcats. More from the Arizona Daily Star:
Seattle guard Allonzo Trier has committed to Arizona, giving the Wildcats a third five-star player for its potential powerhouse 2015 recruiting class.
Scout and ESPN both reported Trier’s decision this morning, and Trier said this afternoon that his visit to Arizona this weekend was a clincher.
“It was kind of like that seal of approval and the lasting impression I wanted,” Trier said by telephone from the Tucson airport. “This was a very important visit.”
Trier said seeing the UA facilities and renovation of McKale Center was “special to me,” having already developed strong relationships with UA coach Sean Miller and associate head coach Joe Pasternack.
Once a boyhood prodigy who was featured on the cover of the New York Times magazine as a 13-year-old, Trier’s stock re-ascended during his junior season at Montrose Christian of Maryland.
UA coach Sean Miller started recruiting him heavily in April after an EYBL recruiting showcase and offered him a scholarship in June, then coached Trier on USA Basketball’s U17 team later that month. The offer to Trier came a week before guard Tyler Dorsey decommitted from the Wildcats.
During the tryouts, Trier told the Star that his interest in Arizona is “pretty high,” even as he still had a list of about 14 schools he was considering, including Kansas, Connecticut, UCLA and Louisville.
“They talk about how they’re going to use me and help me build their program, and how it could fit my ability to score,” Trier said of UA then. “I’m a little bit of a bigger guard, but I can play point guard as well. I score the ball well, and I make plays for my teammates. It’s just a matter of how a coach wants to use me.”
Trier said he built a bond playing for Miller in Colorado, while UA associate head coach Joe Pasternack also kept on him heavily afterward. He visited UA this weekend.
“He relentlessly recruited me the whole time,” Trier told Scout.com about Pasternack. “I talked to him more than any college coach. We talked numerous times. We have a great relationship and it was better than with any of the other schools.”