From a young age, Allonzo Trier has enjoyed national spotlight. In elementary school, he shot a PowerAde commercial with Carmelo Anthony, and that same year, had a feature story on him in the New York Times. He had become a nationally known name in basketball circles, because of the potential for the player that he might become. Years later, that potential is coming to fruition.
When Trier moved to Oklahoma his eighth grade season, the media attention followed him, and he quickly became dubbed one of the best players in the state. Going the unconventional route of homeschooling allowed for Trier to get some high school experience a year early, immediately earning a spot on the varsity squad for the Oklahoma City Storm. The young guard dominated the hoops scene as one of the youngest players and his meteoric ascension became a popular story amongst local new outlets. Still, as the hype continued to grow, Trier remained unfazed.
“I’m not a dwell on it kind of person, everything that happens I put it behind me, so I don’t really pay too much attention to all of it.” Trier said of his accolades. “I’m fortunate to have enough family around me to keep me grounded.”
At the center of that family circle is Marcie Trier, Allonzo’s mother, who has been there for Allonzo off and on the court. Like every mother, Marcie has her son’s best interest at heart, and has helped her son find the happy medium amidst the buzz.
“When it got crazy and I was really in the spotlight, she was the one who actually stepped in and had me turn down a couple spotlight things, just to keep me out of it so much. She’s done a really good job of controlling that, and helping me by keeping me grounded and humble.” Trier said of how his mother handled things.
It’s that kind of humility and dedication that has cemented Trier as one of the top players in the class of 2015. As he has entered his high school years, Trier had developed a reputation as a big-time scorer. By the end of his freshman year he had reached a new milestone: score 1,000 points in a single season.
“It was a big milestone” Trier said of breaking the thousand-point barrier. “I didn’t put much thought into it, I heard stuff like my coach talking about how I had a chance to do it, obviously it would be big for a freshman kid to come in and do something like that, because not a lot of freshmen have the chance. Then, I got closer and closer, and it kind of got to where it became a realistic goal and I went out there and tried to make it happen and it did.”
Since then, Trier has made the switch from Storm to Tulsa NOAH, and has made the same smooth transition he did when he first moved to Oklahoma. Maintaining his scoring knack, Trier burst onto the scene earlier this season with his 64-point performance against Bartlesville. The 6-foot-2 wing scored via a plethora of attacks, in transition, off the dribble, getting to the line, you name it, when he touched the ball, it was going through the net. It was not just the large amount of points he scored, but the way in which he did it, to lead his team from behind, that tells the story about Trier. He’s a competitor, and a winner.
Trier remembers the game as “kind of weird”.
His team got off to a great start, but after trading baskets for a while, led by only two at halftime. The beginning of the third quarter, Bartlesville jumped out to an 8 point advantage, and from then, Trier set the goal to will his team back into the game.
“From there it was kind of up and down” Trier recalls, “I was scoring but we couldn’t break that 8-point barrier for a while. We were just like, ‘man we gotta find a way to get the definite lead’.”
Trier eventually did that for his team, knocking down a clutch three with six seconds remaining to send the game into overtime, where his team prevailed.
Trier definitely displayed his scoring abilities in that outburst, but he gives a more detailed breakdown of his game for those who haven’t seen him.
“I’m a bigger point guard, tall, long, athletic, I can shoot the ball with deep range, I can score and use that ability to draw a lot of attention, I’m a really good rebounder for a guard, get after it on the defensive end, and am a big-time playmaker, and a winner.”
The attention Trier has drawn hasn’t been limited to just the media obviously, and plenty of high major schools are in hot pursuit of the sophomore. He lists offers from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Connecticut, Wichita State, Oral Roberts, and Tulsa, among others, but is also receiving interest from Arizona, Baylor, Kansas and UCLA. He says as of right now, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Connecticut are pursuing him the hardest.
As far as schools, Trier says he doesn’t really have a top priority. He just wants to be in a place where he can mature as a player and a person.
“I just want a program that will push me to be a better person, a better basketball player, a better teammate.” Trier said. “And a good coach and good people around me.” He quickly added.
The 6-foot-2 guard has already made visits to the in-state schools, but has more in store. He said he plans to visit Kansas and Connecticut in the near future. With plenty of time to spare, Trier isn’t in a rush to commit, but says he will likely narrow his list by the beginning of his junior season.
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