Allonzo Trier to return to Arizona for junior year

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Arizona guard Allonzo Trier is returning to school for his junior season.

The 6-foot-3 Trier averaged 17.2 points last season after returning to the lineup. He missed the first 19 games of the season after being ruled ineligible by the NCAA following a positive test for PEDs. Trier won an appeal, but he remained ineligible until the drug had fully cleared his system.

A powerful scorer, Trier’s at his best when he is given the freedom to attack offensively, and he’ll have that next season for the Wildcats. Arizona has a recruiting class that already includes DeAndre Ayton, one of the elite prospects in the class, and Brandon Randolph — and may add Brian Bowen — but Trier’s presence gives them a go-to scorer and a veteran leader.

Don’t be surprised when Trier is a preseason favorite to win National Player of the Year and Arizona is a preseason top five team.