Under head coach Sean Miller, the Arizona Wildcats are no stranger to landing elite prospects.
They just lost forward Aaron Gordon to the NBA Draft after one season. The former 5-Star prospect was selected by the Orlando Magic with the fourth-overall pick. This year, they are bringing in four of the country’s top 214 prospects (and three of the top 50), headlined by 5-Star shooting guard Stanley Johnson.
The Wildcats already have two 5-Star prospects committed in the class of 2015 in small forward Ray Smith and point guard Justin Simon and added their third on Sunday when guard Allonzo Trier gave his pledge to the Wildcats. Trier took an official visit to Arizona over the weekend and quickly made his decision.
“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 via Bruce Pascoe of The Arizona Daily Star. “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 was impressed the way Miller and the Wildcats recruited him.
“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.”
The 6’4, 185-pounder is from Rockville, Maryland attended the Montrose Christian School but since transferred to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is ranked as the country’s second-best shooting guard prospect, the top player in the state of Maryland (but only the third-highest rated player in Nevada behind center Stephen Zimmerman and guard Chase Jeter) and the 11th-best prospect in the class of 2015 according to 24/7 Sports’ composite rankings.
The Baylor Bears, Connecticut Huskies, Georgetown Hoyas, Indiana Hoosiers and Washington Huskies were all after Trier.
If Trier’s name sounds familiar, The New York Times profiled on him when he was just 13 years old.