Allonzo Trier announced he was returning to Arizona for his junior season, forgoing the NBA Draft for another year, on April 13.
Two days later, the Wildcats announced the hiring of Lorenzo Romar as the new associate head coach on Sean Miller's staff, though Miller's pursuit of the former Washington coach had been in the works for a couple weeks before that.
The timing might not have been entirely coincidental, either.
Trier told the Star that it "wasn't the easiest" decision choosing to pass on the NBA for the second straight year, but the prospect of Romar joining Arizona's staff helped sway him to return to the Wildcats for another season. Trier has known Romar, he said, since he was 9 or 10 years old from basketball camps in Seattle, where Trier is originally from.
"It’s honestly one of the big things that made me want to come back to school," Trier said. "So that was kind of... that was one of the things we (Trier and Miller) talked about."
Trier spoke with Miller after Joe Pasternack — the lead recruiter with Trier, besides Miller, when he was being recruited — left the UA staff for a head coaching position at UC Santa Barbara to see who was being considered for the job.
"I was very interested to see what the options were there, what we were going to do," Trier said. "He talked to me about the possibility (of Romar) and said 'I know you have a great relationship with Coach Romar, we’ll see what things can happen,’ and I told him that would make a great deal easier on me and would make me comfortable with coming back."
Romar touched on his relationship with Trier back in April, saying of the UA junior guard: "He had a great passion for basketball. As a fourth-grader he was almost as good as the 11th graders.”
Trier said Arizona is "blessed" to have Romar join the program.
"He’s a great role model for me, great person and he wants the best for me," Trier said. "He talks to me not only about basketball but about life. He’s a great person to have in your corner and we’re very blessed in this program to have somebody of his caliber join us."
On Friday, it came out on social media that Trier had shot a lot of 3-pointers at Richard Jefferson Gymnasium — a lot, as in 1,000-plus.
Trier said that he puts up shots every day, and always has, though not necessarily more than a thousand each time.
"I was in a mood," he said, with a smile. "I just kept doing it and doing it and doing it. I just ended up going for an hour and a half just straight shooting, getting shots up."
We'll have more from the interview with Trier at Tucson.com on Saturday, as well as Sunday's print edition, with a more in-depth story about Trier entering his junior season as part of our ongoing Top-50 countdown to the 2017-18 season of Arizona athletics.
In the meantime, here are some more newsy Arizona basketball tidbits...
- Kadeem Allen signed a two-way contract with the Boston Celtics on Wednesday. Bruce Pascoe did a great job detailing two-way contracts here, but of note is that Allen will earn $76,000 guaranteed and can earn up to $279,000, depending on the number of days he player spends in the NBA (as opposed to the G-League, the new name for the NBA's developmental league). Allen was drafted at No. 53 overall in the second round. Kobi Simmons, who went undrafted, also signed a two-way contract with the Memphis Grizzlies.
- Speaking of Simmons, the former UA guard bought his mom a range rover with his new NBA contract.