I think Allonzo Trier chose to return for his junior basketball season for two reasons:
1. He wants to improve his game enough to be a clear first-round draft choice and get his name in the ring of honor at McKale Center;
2. He is eager to work with new associate head coach Lorenzo Romar, an offensive specialist who, if permitted by Sean Miller, can help Trier refine his offensive game, and thus help the Wildcats not get “stuck” so often against zone defenses.
Trier has many pluses as an offensive player: He attacks the rim; he can turn the corner; he’s an exceptional prober of defenses; his step-back jumper is among the best in college basketball; he plays through contact and he plays downhill.
But he also needs to work on being too predictable on his pull-up shots; he needs to be more decisive in knowing when to look for his teammates; and he exposes the ball in traffic too often.
In a lot of ways, Trier and Romar are Arizona’s top recruits for 2017-18. As time goes by, it’s less likely Rawle Alkins and Chance Comanche return.
College basketball has become the most unpredictable game on most campuses. Player movement doesn’t often make sense. At a school like Arizona, roster management has become the as important as figuring out a way to beat UCLA.