Allonzo Trier is not wasting any time. He's ready to become an Arizona Wildcat.
Evan Daniels of Scout.com broke the story Sunday morning, as the 5-star shooting guard turned in his verbal commitment to Arizona:
The Wildcats were considered a heavy favorite throughout his recruitment. 247Sports' Crystal Ball feature gave Arizona a 79 percent chance of landing the Rockville, Maryland, native with Georgetown being the only other school to get serious consideration. Trier is transferring from Montrose Christian to Findlay Prep for his senior season. He committed to Sean Miller and Co. while taking his official visit.
“This visit was important,” Trier told Daniels. “I've been here for a day now and it's a place that I really wanted to be. The visit has been great and I just thought it was time to pull the trigger.”
Because of NCAA recruiting rules, Trier can only verbally commit at this time. He has until the 2015 national signing day, which begins April 16, to change his mind without penalty. He will also be able to go on official visits with other schools without NCAA sanction, though Trier did not indicate whether he would keep an open mind.
Assuming he stays put, Miller is on his way to building perhaps the best recruiting class of his career. The 45-year-old coach already received verbals from forward Ray Smith and guard Justin Simon, each of whom received 5-star grades from 247Sports' composite rankings.
Smith is a lanky 6'7" athlete who can finish on the break and projects as a strong fit for Miller, who has done wonders for high-energy forwards in the past. He has spent much of his recruitment considered among the 10 best players in the nation, though he currently sits No. 14 overall.
Listed at 6'4" and 190 pounds, Simon is a combo guard in the new wave of athlete-first point guards. He'll need to develop a more consistent shot during his senior season, but has the potential to be a dynamic force.
Trier, meanwhile, is the best of the trio. He is currently considered the 11th-best player and second-best shooting guard in the Class of 2015 by 247Sports' composite rankings, ranking behind only Malik Newman in the latter category. The 6'4" guard is an electric scorer, having averaged 30.4 points per game at the Nike Peach Jam and 29.4 points per game at the Nike EYBL.
Of Miller's three 2015 commits, Trier is the closest thing to a lock to contribute right away. He's already a solid catch-and-shoot player, can create for himself and others off the dribble and is a strong athlete who can finish through contact. Because of their similarities in size and scoring ability, Arizona fans might draw instant comparisons to Nick Johnson.
Although it's impossible to assume Trier will replicate Johnson's decorated career, he certainly has the skills to do so. Trier will need to be a more committed defender to stay on the floor, but all freshmen tend to struggle picking up team defensive concepts.
With T.J. McConnell entering his senior season and Stanley Johnson and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson both looking like near-locks for the NBA, Miller needed to strike early in the 2015 class. Landing Trier to go along with Smith and Simon puts him on a promising path.
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