Arizona loses leading scorer to a broken hand

(Mamta Popat/Arizona Daily Star via AP)
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Arizona’s brutal week got even worse on Sunday as the program announced that Allonzo Trier will be out for the next 4-6 weeks with a broken right (shooting) hand.

Trier had 25 points, six boards and two assists in the quadruple-overtime loss at USC on Saturday, the game in which he injured his hand. He had 13 points in Thursday’s road loss at UCLA.

“He was playing the best basketball of his young career at Arizona,” head coach Sean Miller said in a statement. “Allonzo has worked tirelessly every day since he arrived on our campus. Hopefully he will be able to rejoin us at some point this season and continue his improvement and development as an outstanding player.”

A five-star freshman, Trier had a bit of a rough start to the season, but in recent weeks he had come on strong, scoring at least 20 points in three of Arizona’s last four games. He’s currently Arizona’s leading scorer and is by far their most dangerous one-on-one playmaker, one of the only guys on the roster that can be counted on to create their own shot. Losing him is a massive blow for a team that already has relatively limited talent.

It’s also worth noting here that Arizona had one of the nation’s best recruiting classes, landing three five-star perimeter players. Trier has a broken hand, Ray Smith tore his ACL and Justin Simon is the ninth-man on the roster right now.