Just three days after guard Allonzo Trier of Seattle and Oklahoma City was offered a scholarship to play for the Arizona Wildcats, Trier was named a late addition to USA Basketball's U18 training camp that starts Tuesday night in Colorado Springs, Colo.
While UA coach Sean Miller says the experience is "not a recruiting forum," the fact that he's an assistant coach for the U18 can't hurt both his recruiting efforts and his evaluation of potential prospects.
After all, 10 of the 24 invited players are or have been significant recruiting targets for the Wildcats. One (Stanley Johnson) is an incoming freshman, two are committed players (guards Justin Simon and Tyler Dorsey) and three are actively being recruited (Trier, center Stephen Zimmerman and guard Isaiah Briscoe).
Among the other familiar faces for Miller are targets such as Chase Jeter (who is believed to be a Duke lean) as well as former UA targets such as Kameron Chatman (Michigan), Myles Turner (Texas) and Justise Winslow (Duke).
The offer to Trier last Friday added particular intrigue to the Wildcats' guard targets. While Simon is a combo guard, Trier is known to be an efficient scorer.
Dorsey is also a scoring guard but has been trying to transition to point guard, even though it would appear that point guard is not a high priority for UA in the class of 2015 because of incoming freshman Parker Jackson-Cartwright and the fact that Simon can also play the point.
Even while Miller says his focus will be squarely on USA Basketball's goals this month, it can't hurt his evaluation process that he'll get a chance to work with all of these prospects on the floor.
Trier told Scout ($) the Wildcats are now "at the top" of a list that also includes Baylor, Georgetown, Indiana and Louisville.
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ICYMI, we caught up with MoMo Jones when he came to town over the weekend. Jones is scheduled to hold a skills camp from June 19-22.